The ACLU of Utah Activist
This article was first published in the Liberty Reporter: 2017 Spring Newsletter >> The 2017 Utah legislative session has come and gone, and with it new opportunities for YOUR rights to be protected or threatened. Thankfully not so much of the latter transpired. While there were some highs and some lows, looking back we feel pretty good about the way it all went down. We tracked 91 bills, an all-time high for the ACLU of Utah, and actively testified on, or otherwise meaningfully amended, around 35 of those! While voting rights stands out as a disappointment this session, other areas such as reproductive rights and criminal justice reform shine as places where the ACLU of Utah was able to make a difference. Here is the story of ten great victories, and one big disappointment. 1) Reforms to the juvenile justice system! We worked with our community partners to pass HB 239 Juvenile Justice Amendments, legislation based on recommendations from the state’s Juvenile Justice Working Group. The legislation passed and was signed into law by the Governor. It was stripped of several meaningful provisions that we really liked – due to pressure from the schools, courts and prosecutors – but the remaining…
This article was first published in the Liberty Reporter: 2017 Spring Newsletter >> On Saturday, March 11, more then 170,000 activists participated in over 2,200 events around the country to inaugurate the ACLU’s new grassroots volunteer resistance movement. People Power encourages activists in their local communities to form teams prepared to take action, when necessary. People Power’s first campaign is Freedom Cities which aims to change policy at a local level through grassroots activism. It seeks to actively shape how we treat vulnerable communities, how we cherish and safeguard fundamental freedoms, and how we respond as a society to the needs of our families, friends, and neighbors. In Utah, seven People Power events took place around the state. María del Mar González and Jeremy Davies organized a standing-room-only event at the downtown Salt Lake City library and share their story in their own words here. María del Mar: The future is still female. I had never been as excited about a presidential candidate as I was about Hillary Rodham Clinton and I’ve never felt an election result so personally. I cried that night. The next morning I woke up, put on a black pantsuit and decided to get to work.…
Governor Herbert didn't veto HB433, "Penalties for Targeting Law Enforcement Officer." But the story doesn't end there.
Our post-legislative-session blog series continues today with a post about several “re-entry support” bills that passed during the 2017 Legislative Session.
That’s a wrap, folks! The clock officially struck midnight on March 9th, bringing an end to the 45 days that we in Utah call a legislative session. While there were some highs and some lows, looking back we feel pretty good about the way it all went down.
Usually reproductive freedom isn’t the most triumphant area of our work on the Hill in Utah. But we’re happy to report that 2017 proved to be a nice exception (or, hopefully, the start of a new trend?)
The ACLU of Utah responds to the most recent anti-immigrant directives from the White House.
TAKE ACTION TODAY! Ask your legislator to support H.B. 239, Juvenile Justice Amendments, sponsored by Rep. Lowry Snow and Sen. Todd Weiler.
Without actual access and factual information, our ability to exercise our reproductive freedoms becomes much less meaningful.
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.