As the courts have become increasingly political, we cannot always rely on them to advance or protect our civil liberties. Therefore, the role of our legislative program has become even more vital. A strong presence in Sacramento through our ACLU of California Center for Advocacy and Policy (CAP) enables us to stop or amend laws and policies hostile to civil liberties before it becomes necessary to convince a court to rule a statute unconstitutional.

Our CAP team lobbies the legislature, analyzes proposed legislation, drafts and presents testimony, contacts legislative offices, and stimulates grassroots contact with legislators.

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Dignity and Opportunity Act (SB 990)

Too often, LGBTQ people and others deemed vulnerable to assault in prison or jail are placed in segregated housing where they do not have access to the programming and work opportunities enjoyed by people in “general population.” Denial of education, drug rehabilitation, vocational training, jobs

April 16, 2018 LGBTQ Rights

California Values Act (SB 54)

SB 54 ensures that no state or local resources are diverted to fuel any attempt by the federal government to carry out mass deportations and that our schools, our hospitals, and our courthouses are safe spaces for everyone in our community.

July 11, 2017 Immigrants' Rights

California Religious Freedom Act (SB 31)

On the campaign trail, President Trump proposed a Muslim registry. Although he hasn’t followed through with this threat yet, we must remain vigilant, affirm our common humanity, and reject any attempt to scapegoat Muslim communities.

March 1, 2017 Religious Liberty

Funding for Deportation Defense

Our justice systems should treat everyone with dignity and respect. Unfortunately, the federal government forces immigrants facing deportation to make their case before a judge alone every single day, without providing them with legal representation.

December 6, 2016 Immigrants' Rights

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