ACLU of Sacramento County Monthly Board Meeting

09/10/2012 5:45 pm

Sacramento County Chapter of the ACLU

Board of Directors Meeting
Monday, September 10, 2012
5:45 p.m. (Note: front door locks at 6:00)

1127 11th Street
Second Floor Conference Room #201
Sacramento, CA 95814

All ACLU members are invited to attend

ACLU Community Discussion

08/21/2012 4:30 pm

Tuesday, Aug 21 4:30p to 7:00p
at Luna's Cafe
1414 16th St., Sacramento, CA, 95814
(916) 441-3931

The Sacramento Chapter of the ACLU will hold its monthly "Community Conversation." Topics include Sacramento County Jail conditions, freedom of speech at local parks, and upcoming election initiatives, among other topics.

ACLU of Sacramento County Monthly Board Meeting

08/20/2012 5:45 pm

Sacramento County Chapter of the ACLU

Board of Directors Meeting
Monday, August 20, 2012
5:45 p.m. (Note: front door locks at 6:00)

1127 11th Street
Second Floor Conference Room #201
Sacramento, CA 95814

All ACLU members are invited to attend

County settles case involving jail beating by deputies

County settles case involving jail beating by deputies

Published: Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 1B
Last Modified: Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012 - 3:54 pm

    Joshua Abdallah has some pretty wild dreams, but never one that conjured up what happened at the end of that awful day more than two years ago.

    He was sure things had bottomed out when he was arrested in midafternoon and tossed in jail on May 27, 2010.

    Yet in less than four hours he would be lying semi-conscious in the emergency room of UC Davis Medical Center with injuries from a beating at the hands of sheriff's deputies. He spent six days there and two more at a psychiatric hospital.

ACLUNC Urges Sacramento City Council Committee Reject New Ordinance Restricting Free Speech Activities Around City Hall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Contact: Cres Vellucci 916/996 9170 aclu-sacramento@comcast.net

Attention: Assignment Desk

    ACLU of Northern California Urges Sacramento City Council Committee Reject New Ordinance Restricting Free Speech Activities Around City Hall; Briefing Set at 2:30 Today

    SACRAMENTO – The ACLU of Northern California has sent a letter to Sacramento City Council members sitting on the Law & Legislation Committee urging them to oppose a measure on the committee's agenda today (August 9) which would restrict free speech activities around City Hall.

    The ACLU/NC said the proposal "contains numerous unconstitutional burdens on speech" in a letter to council members Darrell Fong, Steve Cohn, Jay Schenirer and Sandy Sheedy.

ACLU letter re Proposed Ordinance 8/9/2012

Honorable Councilmember Jay Schenirer
915 I Street
Historic City Hall, 1st Floor
Sacramento, California 95814 jschenirer@cityofsacramento.org

Honorable Councilmember Sandy Sheedy,
915 I Street
Historic City Hall, 1st Floor
Sacramento, California 95814 ssheedy@cityofsacramento.org

Honorable Councilmember Steve Cohn
915 I Street
Historic City Hall, 1st Floor
Sacramento, California 95814 scohn@cityofsacramento.org

Honorable Councilmember Darrell Fong,
915 I Street
Historic City Hall, 1st Floor
Sacramento, California 95814 dfong@cityofsacramento.org

Re: Proposed Ordinance to Add Chapter 12.74 to the Sacramento City Code: Use of the City Hall Facility
Hearing date August 9, 2012

Dear Honorable Members of the Law and Legislation Committee,

Two Excellent Responses to Yolo Cnty D.A. Jeff Reisig's OpEd on the Death Penalty

Daily Democrat's Endorsement of Prop 34 and Deputy Public Defender's Response to Reisig Send Strong Message on Death Penalty

    When District Attorney Jeff Reisig submitted his op-ed in support of the Death Penalty, he probably had no idea the response it would trigger. Oh sure, the Vanguard's response was a given. But unlike his string of unanswered press releases, many of which have distorted the facts of the case and even the jury's verdicts and were reprinted verbatim without response, the op-ed generated considerable response.

    First, Yolo County's Public Defender, then two letters to the editor from citizens, then a brief commentary by Cosmo Garvin in the Sacramento News and Review. This weekend we saw and pointed out commentary from Deputy Public Defender Richard Van Zandt and an editorial from the Woodland Daily Democrat, which does not mention the Reisig piece, but comes out decidedly against the death penalty.

    So far, no one has stepped forward to defend the Yolo County District Attorney. More importantly, surprising voices, perhaps, have come out against him. To us, the silence speaks volumes, but the voices speak even louder.

Facebook, ACLU: Like is free speech

SacBee.com

'LIKE' FREE SPEECH? Attorneys for Facebook and the American Civil Liberties Union want a federal appeals court to rule that clicking "Like" on the site is constitutionally protected free speech.

BACKROUND: The case revolves around six employees in Virginia who were fired after they supported a sheriff's re-election opponent in 2009. One of them had "liked" the Facebook page of the opponent. A judge ruled against the workers in April.

FACEBOOK, ACLU SWING BACK: Facebook and the ACLU want the appeals court to vacate the judge's decision. The ACLU also is advocating for the other fired workers.

Oakland PD caught racial profiling on video‏

Oakland PD caught racial profiling on video‏

    This is video from Occupy Oakland livestreamer and hella courageous citizen Jessica Hollie (aka Bella Eiko), who was apparently downtown for the “Justice for Alan Blueford” rally that had taken place earlier yesterday afternoon at Oscar Grant Plaza. Jessica confronts police who have just detained two young black men at gunpoint. I strongly encourage anyone who has ever fantasized about standing up to the police to watch all 17-1/2 minutes; you’ll get a lesson in defending your rights and a reminder that these thugs are supposed to be accountable to us.

9th Circuit finds Gov & Police can be held liable for excessive force

9th Circuit finds Gov & Police can be held liable for excessive force

    A three judge panel of the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals filed an unanimous ruling in Nelson v. City of Davis. The student plaintiff, Timothy Nelson was seriously and permanently injured by the excessive use of force by police in a 2004 incident at UC Davis. The Court found that the police actions violated a basic constitutional right, the Fourth Amendment right to be free of unreasonable seizure and invalidated qualified immunity for the police, meaning that police could be held liable for damages. ...

      Timothy Nelson, a former student of the University of California at Davis (“U.C. Davis”), suffered permanent injury when he was shot in the eye by a pepperball projectile fired from the weapon of a U.C. Davis officer when U.C. Davis and City of Davis police attempted to clear an apartment complex of partying students. Officers shot pepperball projectiles in the direction of Nelson and his friends as the students stood in the breezeway of the apartment complex, attempting to leave the party and awaiting instruction from the officers. The officers did not provide any audible warning prior to shooting towards the unarmed and compliant students, and never informed the young partygoers how to appropriately extricate themselves from the apartment complex in order to avoid becoming the target of police force.

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