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LegisBlog #5: ACLU Priorities at the Capitol (Part #2)

16 February 2018 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
On February 13, Marina Lowe, the ACLU of Utah’s chief lobbyist at the Utah Capitol, provided a rapid-fire update on five legislative priorities for the ACLU of Utah. Here is part #2 of her report:  

LegisBlog #4: ACLU Priorities at the Capitol (Part #1)

15 February 2018 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
This week Marina Lowe, the ACLU of Utah’s chief lobbyist at the Utah Capitol, provided a rapid-fire update on five legislative priorities for the ACLU of Utah. Ready to learn more?

LegisBlog #3: Why does the ACLU support two-party recording laws (but is neutral on HB330)?

08 February 2018 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Earlier this week, attention turned to a new bill at the Utah legislature that would make Utah a “two-party recording” state. The ACLU's position on this bill might surprise you.

Starting Smart Justice in Utah

06 February 2018 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Tough on crime policies resulted in the United States now having the highest incarceration rate in the world. We are going to do something about that in Utah. By Jason Groth, ACLU of Utah's Smart Justice Coordinator

Card-Carrying Proud: Dr. Forrest Crawford

05 February 2018 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Meet Dr. Forrest Crawford, the second person profiled in the ACLU of Utah's "Card-Carrying Proud" campaign to celebrate our 60th anniversary in 2018. 

Episode #2 of ACLU on the Hill

01 February 2018 Published in Legislative Work
Our second "ACLU on the Hill" video is available to watch. In Episode #2 Marina Lowe is joined by Connor Boyack from the Libertas Institute. 

ACLU Legislative Coverage-2018

26 January 2018 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Looking for the ACLU's coverage of the 2018 legislative session? We've got it all on our Legislative Work landing page. 

Launching ACLU on the Hill video series with Marina Lowe

25 January 2018 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
This week we will launch the first video in our ACLU on the Hill series to keep you updated about the 2018 Legislative Session

LegisBlog #2: Contraception Bill (HB12) Clears Hearing

25 January 2018 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
The middle of the week is when lots of action happens at the Utah Legislature. And that was true during this first week of the 2018 session.

LegisBlog #1: The 2018 Session Starts with a Bang… and a Ban

22 January 2018 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
As opening day pomp and circumstance fades, an anti-abortion bill appears. 

Early 2018 Events

17 January 2018 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Start 2018 off right by attending these events, workshops, and marches planned for January and February. 

Know Your Rights: Social Media Blocking

08 January 2018 Published in Articles, Resources, and Position Papers
The ACLU of Utah believes official social media pages for elected leaders and government organizations are public forums, and that blocking individuals may be an unconstitutional restriction on their right to free speech under the First Amendment.

Card-Carrying-Proud: Isaac Reese

21 December 2017 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Meet Isaac Reese, our first profile in the Card-Carrying Proud campaign to celebrate the ACLU of Utah's 60th Anniversary in 2018. 

New Laws for Youth Justice System: SAMOAN Version Brochure Now Available!

20 October 2017 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
The Samoan-language version of our "New Laws in Utah about Juvenile Justice" brochure is now available!

Thank You To Our Members & Donors!

19 October 2017 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
As fall blankets Utah with cooler temperatures and colorful foliage, our office has been reflecting on the whirlwind of the last twelve months. During this time of rumination, while we can’t help but be reminded of the discontent and adversity that has peppered 2017, we are determined to move forward into 2018 with a positive outlook. We are concentrating on our mission, being proud of our work, and, perhaps, most importantly, we are focusing on being grateful to all of you who have made us feel prepared, strong, and supported. 

The President’s Corner (From Michael Weinholtz, Board President)

19 October 2017 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
As I come to the end of my second - and final - year as Board President, I’d like to reflect on what the experience has meant to me. It has been my great privilege to serve with extraordinary board members to help guide this amazing organization. The Board of the ACLU of Utah is made up of diverse, intelligent, and passionate leaders who are committed to the values and mission of the organization, and its continuous fight for civil liberties for all people in Utah. The relationships we formed on the Board strengthened our commitment to each other and the to success of the ACLU of Utah.

The Director’s Chair (From Brittney Nystrom, Executive Director)

19 October 2017 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
With the start of our 60th year just around the corner, we here at the ACLU of Utah are simultaneously charging ahead in our quest for justice for all Utahns and reflecting on what has been a remarkable and unusual year.   

Anna Thomas Has Positively Changed The ACLU of Utah!

19 October 2017 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
In late 2007, Anna Thomas (then Brower) joined the ACLU of Utah as our first full time Development Director. She was returning to Utah from Colorado where she had earned a degree in Journalism from the University of Denver, worked as an aide to U.S. Representative Diana DeGette, and as a community organizer for a small environmental non-profit organization. 

Strengthening Community Connections For The ACLU of Utah: A Conversation With María del Mar González

19 October 2017 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
María del Mar (Yes! It’s all her first name) is filling a brand new, one-year position at the ACLU of Utah as our Community Outreach Fellow. She assists in advancing our strategic priorities at the state and local levels while strengthening community connections and supporting local coalitions. You may have seen her on the streets at one of the many recent demonstrations or heard her speak at an event. Even after only a couple of months on the job, there is no doubt that María del Mar is making an impact on our work in Utah.  

ON THE HILL: Lobbying For Liberty in 2018!

19 October 2017 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
The leaves are changing colors along the Wasatch Front, and that signals to us that it’s time to start thinking about the 2018 legislative session. The Utah Legislature is often unpredictable, but some themes are likely to emerge as priority areas for the ACLU of Utah’s legislative team. As with past years, criminal justice efforts are likely to dominate our legislative agenda.  We also intend to work on measures to improve women’s rights and to expand voting opportunities.  Read on for a preview of just some of the bills we’ll be pursuing in the upcoming legislative session!