What We Do
Current Local Civil Liberties Actions
Other recent past action we have taken includes:
In the wake of three Taser deaths of unarmed people of color in San Mateo County, implemented a multi-faceted campaign to demand police use of force reforms.
Negotiated a major overhaul of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Use of Force Policy.
Met with state legislators to demand passage of a groundbreaking law modernizing statewide police use of force standards, AB 392 (Victory! The law is now in force across the state). Read more here: https://www.aclunc.org/our-work/legislation/california-act-save-lives-ab-392
Sought the death penalty criteria of the San Mateo County District Attorney.
Lobbied for legislation to restore voting rights to formerly incarcerated citizens. (Success! Voters passed Proposition 17 in November 2020. Read more here: https://www.aclunc.org/blog/voters-decisions-propositions-17-and-20-bring-hope-criminal-justice-reform-california. ).
Initiated a multi-year, multi-dimensional effort to rid our communities of money bail, which puts poor people in jail solely for inability to pay.
Pressed law makers to enact a law prohibiting law enforcement from using facial recognition technology (which is notoriously unreliable and racially biased) on body-worn cameras. (Passed!).
Lobbied for legislation compelling law enforcement agencies to publicly release records of serious misconduct (resulting in numerous revelations of police misconduct that had been kept secret for decades).
Advocated to prohibit religious restrictions on the delivery of healthcare at Sequoia Hospital and the University of California medical system.