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ACLU of Utah and Holland & Hart File Brief Defending Rights of Black Woman Arrested Without Evidence

Jul 01, 2020

 SALT LAKE CITY (June 22, 2020) – The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah Foundation, Inc. (ACLU) and Holland & Hart, LLP filed a lawsuit on June 29 against the City of Murray and Jarom Mohlman Allred concerning the unlawful arrest and prosecution of a 59-year-old black woman accused of driving under the influence of an illegal substance on August 21, 2018.  

Job Notice: Intake Coordinator

Jun 26, 2020

The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah seeks to hire a passionate and innovative part-time Intake Coordinator to build upon our past and current system for responding to requests for help by individuals who live in or pass through the State of Utah. The Intake Coordinator is a newly-created position that will report to the Paralegal and have occasion to work with the larger legal team and other staff members across the organization.                                                                                                                           This position is a part-time, 20 hours a week position. The position is fully funded for one year.  Continuation of the position beyond that date is uncertain and dependent on funding. Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion: The ACLU of Utah is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We believe that having a board, staff, and volunteer base with diverse personal and professional backgrounds and lived experience enhances our ability to meet our mission and...

Now is the time for bold reform

Jun 24, 2020

Through numerous conversations and work sessions with our allies, including Black Lives Matter Utah, Utah Against Police Brutality, Salt Lake Legal Defenders Association, Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Libertas Institute, and Americans for Prosperity, the ACLU of Utah has developed the following eight priority reforms for policing in Utah. 

Summary of the U.S. Supreme Court Decision on DACA

Jun 18, 2020

In a 5-4 decision on June 18, the U.S. Supreme Court halted the Trump administration's attempt to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), a program enacted during the Obama administration that protects over 700,000 immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation. The majority opinion was written by Chief Justice John Roberts and joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Stephen Breyer and (in part) Sonia Sotomayor. This opinion was a powerful victory for Dreamers and activists whose advocacy led to the creation of DACA and the continued fight against this administration’s efforts to dismantle the program. 

No Stamp, No Problem Campaign for 2020

Jun 09, 2020

Welcome to the headquarters for the No Stamp, No Problem campaign for the 2020 elections. Did you know that only 11 of the 29 counties in Utah provide pre-paid postage for mail-in ballots? This means hundreds of thousands of Utahns—including residents of Cache, Tooele, Washington and Weber counties—will receive ballots indicating they must affix a stamp to mail it back.We believe this is an unfair barrier to voting. This is why the ACLU of Utah is launching our 2020 No Stamp No Problem campaign!

ACLU of Utah Block Party - August 7, 2020

Jun 08, 2020

This year's ACLU of Utah Block Party will take place virtually on August 7, 2020. After several years of holding fantastic in-person gatherings, the ongoing pandemic is forcing us to move online for the 2020 event.

Don’t Shut Down Our Voices | A statement from Black Lives Matter Utah and the ACLU of Utah

Jun 04, 2020

Don’t Shut Down Our Voices A statement from Black Lives Matter Utah and the ACLU of Utah  Yesterday, amidst mounting criticism by community members, Mayor Mendenhall did the right thing by lifting the curfew order for Salt Lake City. And yet, we know the curfew caused harm to Black, Brown, refugee and immigrant communities who are already overpoliced and disproportionately affected by the current pandemic. More policing directly leads to more policing of Black and Brown people. The ACLU of Utah feels privileged to have heard from these communities and use our platform to reflect these facts. The city’s curfew was the wrong approach for several reasons. By picking and choosing the kinds of activities that were allowed, the curfew ended up targeting only free speech, assembly, and other protest activities. People who have cars to drive, people who feel comfortable talking to police, and people who can assume they won’t be targeted by...

2020 Youth Activist Scholarship

Jun 03, 2020

2020 is the 13th year that the ACLU of Utah is awarding scholarships to Utah’s outstanding college-bound high school seniors who have demonstrated a strong commitment to civil liberties activism. A committee of educators and community leaders met (virtually) in March to review applications from more than 20 inspiring young activists around the state. These four students were chosen for their inspirational work in standing up for civil liberties in their schools and communities.

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