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Articles, Resources, and Position Papers

Following is a partial list of ACLU of Utah articles, resources and position papers. Additional materials can be found on our issue pages.

Students! Know Your Rights: A Guide For Utah High School Students

SKYRlrgIn school, young people not only learn about their constitutional rights, but they also see firsthand how those rights may be affected by the actions of others. The ACLU of Utah is dedicated to protecting the constitutional rights of students and to helping students understand their rights in school.

The material provided on this website is for basic informational purposes only. It is not meant to be and should not be taken as legal advice, nor should you rely on this information instead of seeking the advice of an attorney. The legal issues surrounding civil rights and civil liberties are among the most complex in the law, and a person’s rights may vary from case to case depending on small and subtle details. Only a lawyer who has taken the time to become fully aware of the facts in a given case can provide you with sound legal advice.

If you feel your rights have been violated, please let us know the details by filling out a complaint form on our website.

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Anthony Romero Inspires Utah Audience

20 April 2018 Published in Articles, Resources, and Position Papers
National ACLU Executive Director traveled to Utah to emphasize the organization’s “long-game” of civil rights and liberties advocacy at a Park City speech on April 3rd

Membership Meeting Explores Utah Activism Since 2016

20 April 2018 Published in Articles, Resources, and Position Papers
ACLU staff, board and supporters shared goals and insights during last November’s annual meeting

Spreading the Word

20 April 2018 Published in Articles, Resources, and Position Papers
Jason Stevenson brings a journalistic approach to the ACLU’s media and communications strategy

Fixing the System

20 April 2018 Published in Articles, Resources, and Position Papers
Meet Jason Groth, the ACLU of Utah’s first Smart Justice Coordinator. During his three years as a public defender in Grand Junction, Colorado, Jason saw a lot of people fall through the cracks of the criminal justice system.

Utah Youth Stand Up, Walk Out, and Raise Their Voices

18 April 2018 Published in Articles, Resources, and Position Papers
The student led "March for Our Lives" drew an estimated 8,000 protestors to the Utah State Capitol calling for stricter gun control policies.

Getting Smart About Justice in Utah

18 April 2018 Published in Articles, Resources, and Position Papers
Utah’s new Campaign for Smart Justice is off to a fast start

ACLU ON THE HILL: 2018 Legislative Review

18 April 2018 Published in Articles, Resources, and Position Papers
Our experienced lobbyist team won several major victories on the Hill this year—and set the stage for future success

Relief for Targets of Gang Injunction

18 April 2018 Published in Articles, Resources, and Position Papers
Settlement reached in case arising from 2010 Ogden gang injunction

Victory for Voting Rights and Ballot Access in San Juan County

17 April 2018 Published in Articles, Resources, and Position Papers
Weeks before going to trial, the ACLU of Utah and San Juan County officials settled a voting rights case on behalf of the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission and several Navajo individuals

Fighting Back

17 April 2018 Published in Articles, Resources, and Position Papers
A Utah family is standing up to new and harsh immigration enforcement tactics with help from the ACLU

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.

Week of Action: Working Together to Keep Kids in School!

19 October 2017 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Take Action with the ACLU of Utah to dismantle the School-to-Prison Pipeline! 

Immigrant and Refugee Rights and Resources

19 September 2017 Published in Articles, Resources, and Position Papers
In light of recent executive orders regarding immigrants and refugees, the ACLU of Utah has renewed our dedication to the civil rights of immigrants and refugees in our state. We have updated Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Resources. 

Your Right to Protest and Engage in Other Free Speech Activities in Utah

29 August 2017 Published in Articles, Resources, and Position Papers
View a PDF of this pamphlet >>  Where can I protest? Public forums: You have a constitutionally protected right to engage in peaceful protest in public forums such as streets, sidewalks, or parks. You may also be able to protest in front of government buildings and the legislature. Salt Lake County has designated protest zones, areas that are specifically designated for public demonstrations and protests. There may be restrictions on the time, place, and manner of how your exercise your free speech rights, but these restrictions must serve a substantial government interest (like traffic safety), and they must be narrowly tailored to serve that interest. They may not unreasonably limit alternate avenues of expression. The government may not place greater restrictions on anyone because of their point of view. Non-public forums: In other venues, your rights are less clearly protected. At military bases, airport terminals, or the entrance to a post office, for example, reasonable restrictions may be upheld, as long as they do not favor one side of an issue over the other. Private Property: In general, private property owners may set rules limiting your free speech. If you disobey the property owner’s rules, they can order you off…

Report Reveals Stark Racial Disparities in Utah’s Juvenile Justice System

20 April 2017 Published in Articles, Resources, and Position Papers
This article was first published in the Liberty Reporter: 2017 Spring Newsletter >> We have known for some time now, thanks to data available from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, that Utah school kids are disciplined very differently, by teachers and administrators, depending on their skin color, race and ethnicity. Now we can say with certainty that once those youth are referred to the juvenile justice system, those racial disparities continue and increase.   There is no evidence that kids of different races engage in misconduct in different proportions, only that they are caught and punished disproportionately.  For example, Latino/Hispanic youth make up just 17% of the statewide youth population, but they represent 23% of all youth coming into initial contact with the system, and 32% of the incoming youth who are referred to court.  That means Latino/Hispanic youth in our state are overrepresented by nearly 100% among youth appearing before a juvenile court judge.   For Black/African-American youth, the disparities are even worse. These youth make up just 1% of the entire statewide youth population,  but they represent 3% of all youth coming into initial contact with system, and 5% of the incoming youth who are referred to…

Utah Cultural Celebration Center Driving Directions and Parking Map

10 April 2017 Published in Articles, Resources, and Position Papers
Back to 2017 Bill of Rights Breakfast Celebration >> Driving directions from Downtown SLC: Via I-15 South:  11 min Via Redwood Road: 12 min Driving directions from Sugarhouse/East SLC: Via I-80: 9 min Driving directions from Murray/South SLC: Via I-15 North: 9 min Parking: See the attached map or go to this link for info.

Make Your School District a Safer One For Immigrants

03 April 2017 Published in Articles, Resources, and Position Papers
Join other Utahns who are taking grassroots action to make their schools safer for immigrant students and families!

Racial Disparities in Utah’s Juvenile Justice System

13 February 2017 Published in Articles, Resources, and Position Papers
This report explores the racial disparities that result from flaws in Utah’s current juvenile justice system and outlines specific recommendations for reform.

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.

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.