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True Reform Means Letting People Move On

01 February 2017 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
What if you’ve paid your debt to society, but society won’t let you back in?

Why Try to Revive a Dying Death Penalty?

27 January 2017 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
To end this first week of the legislative session, we bring you news of Rep. Paul Ray’s terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad death penalty bills (apologies to Judith Viorst).

HB141: False. Inappropriate. Completely Unacceptable.

25 January 2017 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
We knew it was coming…now the much maligned “medical abortion reversal” bill is public and sitting in the House Rules Committee, waiting for assignment to a standing committee of the Utah House of Represents.

Reproductive Freedom Means ACCESS, too.

24 January 2017 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
The fun thing about working on proactive legislative efforts is, the bills tend to come out early in the session!

Take A Stand For Justice!

18 January 2017 Published in Articles, Resources, and Position Papers
 Get involved with the ACLU of Utah to ensure constitutional rights and freedoms for all in 2017.

Top 10 POSITIVE CIVIL LIBERTIES EFFORTS to Follow During the 2017 Utah Legislative Session

09 January 2017 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Every year, the ACLU of Utah actively follows dozens and dozens of bills during the Utah Legislative Session.

Get Busy For Justice! Engaging with the ACLU of Utah

07 December 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Thank you for your interest and determination in getting involved with the ACLU of Utah. We’ve put together some general tips, resources and ideas for engagement here.

Goodbye to our friend, Iqbal Hossain

21 November 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
The ACLU of Utah was saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Iqbal Hossain on November 16.

YES ON SIX: The Work Continues!

16 November 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
On March 18, 1963, John F. Kennedy was the president of the United States.

National ACLU Post-Election Day Statement

09 November 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
In response to Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States, ACLU executive director Anthony D. Romero had the following statement:

2016 Utah Voter Empowerment Guide

30 October 2016 Published in Articles, Resources, and Position Papers
 The ACLU doesn't endorse or oppose any candidate or party, but we believe voting is the cornerstone of our democracy and a fundamental right upon which all our civil liberties rest.

Our New Director Needs To Hear From You

29 October 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
This survey is now closed. 11/4/16

It’s True: Utah Locks Up Kids For Missing School.

26 October 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Each year, Utah’s Juvenile Justice system takes hundreds of kids out of their homes for “crimes” like truancy, alcohol possession/consumption, and low-level retail theft.

Get To Know Our New Executive Director Brittney Nystrom

19 October 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
This article was first published in the Liberty Reporter: 2016 Fall Newsletter >> On August 8, the ACLU of Utah welcomed Brittney Nystrom as its new Executive Director.  We’ve enjoyed getting to know Brittney, and wanted our Members and supporters to do the same. We asked Brittney some questions about herself, her new position and some general nonsense – just for fun! Can you share a little bit about your background? I was born and raised in South Ogden and graduated from Bonneville High School. I moved out of state to attend the University of Notre Dame and then Northwestern University School of Law. Following law school, I moved to D.C. and built a career working to advance immigrant and refugee rights for more than a decade.  Most recently I served as the Director for Advocacy for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service where I engaged Congress and the White House to implement more welcoming and just laws and policies for newcomers.   Why were you drawn to this positon? I was attracted to the real potential for progress on civil and human rights here in Utah. The opportunities to achieve meaningful reform are far more plentiful here than in our nation’s capital. This…

The Board’s Corner: Our Executive Director Transition Update

19 October 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
This article was first published in the Liberty Reporter: 2016 Fall Newsletter >>

It's (past) time to release the body camera footage.

17 October 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
“If the footage is good for the police, release it fast. If the footage is bad for the police, release it faster.” 

Every 25 Seconds?!

12 October 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
“Every 25 seconds someone is funneled into the criminal justice system, accused of nothing more than possessing drugs for personal use.” 

YES ON SIX Update: Commission finally has an executive director.

11 October 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
First, the good news: Utah has hired (finally) the first ever executive director of the new Indigent (Public) Defense Commission.

Remember That Prison Utah is Building?

21 September 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Yes, there IS going to be a new prison in Utah. That's (surprisingly) not necessarily bad news.

TAKE ACTION: Protect Utahns' private property

20 September 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
If we want to improve community trust in our police officers, we must reform how civil asset forfeiture is practiced in Utah.