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For the spring semester, 2014, the ACLU of the Nation's Capital seeks four undergraduate or graduate students interested in community organizing and public policy advocacy. Two internships are available to work on criminal justice reform, especially drug law reform. Two other internships are available to work on issues related to the school to prison pipeline. All four internships offer students first-hand experience with local organizing and advocacy in the nation’s capital on important policy topics.
ACLU of the Nation’s Capital and Washington Lawyers’ Committee Partner in Efforts to Decriminalize MarijuanaNovember 22, 2013
In D.C. 9 out of 10 drug arrestees are Black, even though only about half of its population is Black and Black and white people use drugs at a comparable rate. Decriminalization of marijuana could help to reduce these disparities. A supermajority of the D.C. Council and the mayor are poised to approve a bill that would decriminalize possession of marijuana and that bill is on the fast track. “The new sense of urgency has been fueled in part by two studies released this year that found large racial disparities in marijuana arrests in the city. Blacks were eight times more likely to be arrested than whites in the district in 2010, the American Civil Liberties Union found, and 91 percent of those arrested that year were black. About half of the city's 632,000 residents are African-American.” - Ben Nuckols of Yahoo News
The “school-to-prison pipeline” refers to the policies and practices that push our nation’s schoolchildren, especially our most at-risk children, out of classrooms and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. This pipeline reflects the prioritization of incarceration over education.
Are you a studen attending a DC public school who needs help? Contact SRA.
In the wake of the 12th anniversary of the Patriot Act, Stop Watching Us Coalition successfully held the largest protests against mass surveillance in U.S. history.
The ACLU of the Nation's Capital seeks two law fellows for Summer 2014. The summer law fellows at the ACLU gain a comprehensive introduction to the legal work of one of the nation’s major advocacy organizations. Duties include legal and factual research, contact with current and potential clients, drafting of memoranda, pleadings, and motions, and testimony regarding proposed legislation before the Council of the District of Columbia. When possible, law fellows attend trial or appellate proceedings involving staff or volunteer attorneys, as well as depositions, administrative hearings, other related court events, and legislative hearings.
DC Department of Health rules on "body art" shops won't stand up in court, according to an ACLU review sent to the agency October 5.
The ACLU's Seema Sadanandan discusses policing in Black neighborhoods in a recent Washington Post opinion piece.
The War on Marijuana is a War on Equality
When it comes to marijuana arrests, D.C. is one of the worst offenders in the country, with a higher arrest rate, more racially biased arrests and more money spent than almost any other jurisdiction. Aggressive enforcement of marijuana laws does not diminish use or availability, and money could be better spent invested in our communities to enhance public health and safety, drug treatment programs, and police-community relations.
D.C. Attorney General Is Seeking Unnecessary and Unwise Expansion of His Powers -- ACLU Tells CouncilApril 14, 2013
The ACLU of the Nation’s Capital on April 11 filed a federal lawsuit against MPD Officer David E. Bailey, Jr., assigned to the Seventh District. The suit says the officer for no reason assaulted a 10-year-old boy in his elementary school in Southeast D.C. a year ago.