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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Election Day Registration (SB 72)

There are currently 5.5 million eligible but unregistered voters in California. Registration and participation for Latino, Asian, and Black Californians continues to lag behind that of white voters.

May 16, 2019 Economic Justice

Privacy for All (AB 1760)

Advances in technology and drastic changes in business practices have outpaced the law. The lack of adequate privacy protections has undercut the privacy, safety, and financial security of Californians, with disparate impacts on people of color, immigrants, and other vulnerable communities.

April 4, 2019 Privacy and Surveillance

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