People often ask me: “I already give to the ACLU, who else should I donate to?” My first response is to say thank you for your support of the ACLU — and please stick with us. I also give this general advice: please support additional groups who build the voice and power of the most impacted communities, as well as other legal service providers. These groups are at the front lines of defending civil liberties and civil rights — and they include community-based, statewide and national organizations. They also need and deserve your financial, volunteer and moral support.
…in resistance. To launch this resistance and lead the way for cities and states across the country, we must see our budget as a moral document which reflects our values — prioritizing the safety, dignity, and human rights of the people.
My own grandfather, who was a World War II veteran and a member of the Communist Party in San Francisco, was under FBI surveillance. In 1950, he was fired from a good union job at a glass company after FBI agents paid his employers a visit and informed them of his history as a labor organizer before the war.
…izen, so the wholesale exclusion and relocation of her community was both terrifying and confusing. On the journey to Wyoming, the prisoners were ordered to keep their shades down when the train passed through towns; my mother thought this must be because people hated her and her community so much that they didn’t want to see their faces. She was incarcerated at Heart Mountain for three years before she and her family were permitted to …
In one exchange with law enforcement, a company representative suggested to San Jose Police that they should use the product to surveil the “Ferguson situation,” even though the city is roughly 2,000 miles from Ferguson, Missouri. San Jose Police did in fact use Geofeedia software to monitor South Asian, Muslim, and Sikh protesters only a few days after acquiring it.
We are fighting for a different kind of world, one in which Black folks stand united, in a deep, abiding love for our people. One where our eyes and our hearts are open, and stay open. A world in which we dare to see the humanity in each other, even when we are encouraged to withhold it from one another.
She’s at a court hearing today in Santa Clara trying to get the fees recalled and the license suspension stopped. I wish the courts would find a way for people to show when we can’t afford the fines before the gov…