ACLU of Sacramento County Monthly Board Meeting

12/19/2011 5:45 pm

Sacramento County Chapter of the ACLU

Board of Directors Meeting
Monday, December 19, 2011
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

Know Your Rights - Free Speech, Protests, and Demonstrations in California

Know Your Rights - Free Speech, Protests, and Demonstrations in California


    You have the right to speak out. Both the California Constitution and the First Amendment to the United States Constitution protect your right to free expression. But there are many questions you face when you decide to organize and speak out. When do you need a police permit? Are there things you cannot say or do? Are there any limitations on when or where you can demonstrate? What about civil disobedience? This guide will help answer these questions

Op-Ed: Wake Up! The case for abolishing the death penalty

Op-Ed: Wake Up! The case for abolishing the death penalty

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
By Op Ed

    It is rare these days to find advanced first-world nations that still employ the death penalty. In fact, other countries that appear on the list of “Death Penalty Permitted” besides the United States are countries that have developed negative reputations over recent years. One of the requirements for entry into the European Union is the outlaw of capital punishment. Here at home, 34 states still practice the death penalty — California being one of them. We, and the Stanford chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, hope to take the next few minutes of your time to illustrate for you how capital punishment is in fact too costly, discriminatory and inhumane to remain in operation in California or in the rest of the United States.

England Gave Us Habeas Corpus Once Before…

England Gave Us Habeas Corpus Once Before…

    Can they do it again?

    The British human rights organization today won a habeas corpus petition for their client, Yunus Rahmatullah, who has been detained at Bagram for 7 years, in the English Court of Appeal.

      The Master of the Rolls, Lord Neuberger, Lord Justice Maurice Kay, and Lord Justice Sullivan, said the case raised important principles of law. Their court ruling is the latest in a series relating to the treatment of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan that have been highly critical of the Foreign Office and Ministry of Defence.

ACLU's Federal Challenge to WI GOP's Photo ID Restrictions Could Reverse Similar Laws Nationwide

ACLU video on Frank v. Walker...

by Ernest A. Canning - BradBlog.com

Election laws in Wisconsin are not covered by Section 5 of the federal Voting Rights Act, which would otherwise require the Dept. of Justice or a federal panel of judges to "preclear" such laws to assure they are not discriminatory. Thus, it falls to non-governmental organizations, such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), to take legal action in hopes of protecting Constitutional voting rights for citizens of the Badger State.

That's exactly what the organization did this week, in filing a 54-page federal complaint on behalf of some 17 named plaintiffs --- including elderly, student, minority and even veteran voters --- who may well be unable to cast their once-legal vote under the state's new voter suppression bill passed earlier this year by its GOP legislature and signed into law by its Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Police Brutality: Causes and Consequences

12/14/2011 6:30 pm

Kristian Williams, author of "American Methods: Torture and the Logic of Domination" and "Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America" will be speaking about the causes of police brutality and community based responses to this problem.

At the V-Hive (upstairs at Sugarplum Vegan Cafe)
2315 K St., Sacto

Wednesday, December 14
6:30 pm

This event is free!

Irony Alert: UK Parliament Attempts to Ban Political Materials from ... Parliament

Related: If you'll remember, Sacramento Cnty attempted something similar three years ago

UK Houses of Parliament police: no political material allowed in Parliament

    Police officers told a member of the public they were prohibited from bringing “political materials” into the Houses of Parliament, the Commons heard yesterday. In a great spot from Matthew Barrett at Conservative Home, a woman attending a lobby on Palestine was told by two police officers that this bizarre ban was on the order of parliamentary staff.

    In a point of order to deputy speaker Lindsay Hoyle, MP David Burrowes told the chamber:

      “As she arrived at security, a police officer confiscated her lobby briefing material and told her that she was not allowed to have anything of a political nature. In fact, she was told that this was a direction from the House authorities. The officer then spoke to a senior officer, who gave the same response.”

ACLU of Sacramento County Monthly Board Meeting

11/21/2011 5:45 pm

Sacramento County Chapter of the ACLU

Board of Directors Meeting
Monday, November 21, 2011
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

SCOTUS and GPS Tracking: US v. Jones and Secret PATRIOT

Related: New Fed warrantless GPS trackers discovered in the wild (with pictures)

SCOTUS and GPS Tracking: US v. Jones and Secret PATRIOT

Posted on November 9, 2011 by emptywheel

    As I read the transcript of the SCOTUS hearing in the US v. Jones yesterday, I was most interested in what the comments suggest about the government’s secret use of the PATRIOT Act to–presumably–use phone geolocation to track people. (Here’s Dahlia Lithwick, Orrin Kerr, Julian Sanchez, Lyle Denniston, and Kashmir Hill on the hearing itself.)

    Mind you, the facts in Jones are totally different from what we think may be happening with Secret PATRIOT (I’ll borrow Julian Sanchez’ speculation on what Secret PATRIOT does for this post). In Jones, a suspected drug dealer had a GPS device placed on his car after the 10-day warrant authorizing the cops to do so had already expired. As such, Jones tests generally whether the government needs an active warrant to track a suspect using GPS.

EFF: Cell Phone Guide for Occupy Wall Street Protesters (and Everyone Else)

Cell Phone Guide for Occupy Wall Street Protesters (and Everyone Else)

    Occupy Wall Street has called for a global day of action on October 15, and protesters are mobilizing all over the world. In the United States, the Occupy Wall Street movement has already spawned sizeable protests in New York, Washington DC, Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, Oakland, Austin, and other cities. Several of these movements have faced opposition from their local police departments, including mass arrests.

    Protesters of all political persuasions are increasingly documenting their protests -- and encounters with the police -- using electronic devices like cameras and cell phones. The following tips apply to protesters in the United States who are concerned about protecting their electronic devices when questioned, detained, or arrested by police. These are general guidelines; individuals with specific concerns should talk to an attorney.

    1. Protect your phone before you protest

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