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ACLU of Wisconsin The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin is the state affiliate of the national ACLU and is a non-profit, non-partisan, private organization.
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The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin was founded in 1930 and is the state affiliate of the national ACLU, which was founded in 1920. The ACLU of Wisconsin is a non-profit, non-partisan, private organization. It has 13,000 members and is dedicated to defending the civil liberties and civil rights of all the people of Wisconsin.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin was founded in 1930 and is the state affiliate of the national ACLU, which was founded in 1920. The ACLU of Wisconsin is a non-profit, non-partisan, private organization. It has 13,000 members and is dedicated to defending the civil liberties and civil rights of all the people of Wisconsin.

Operating as usual

Our Executive Director Chris Ott reflects on the insurrection at the Capitol, its roots in white supremacy, and how we m...
01/17/2021

Our Executive Director Chris Ott reflects on the insurrection at the Capitol, its roots in white supremacy, and how we must demand accountability from the people, including elected officials, who are responsible for it.

Read the blog here: http://ow.ly/3jf150D9Zkh

As Gov. Evers prepares to introduce Wisconsin's biennial budget proposal next month, now is the time to learn about the ...
01/17/2021
Blog: Breaking Down the Wisconsin State Budget

As Gov. Evers prepares to introduce Wisconsin's biennial budget proposal next month, now is the time to learn about the state budget process and find out how you can influence what's in it.
http://ow.ly/Bait50D9Vsa.

On February 16, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers will introduce his 2021 biennial budget, laying the foundation for what our state will look like over the next two years. The budget is not only a document that determines how taxpayer dollars are spent — it is a representation of our collective values...

Join us for a town hall on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m. You'll hear from people impacted by the criminal legal system...
01/16/2021

Join us for a town hall on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m. You'll hear from people impacted by the criminal legal system about barriers to reentry for people coming home from prison, and how these individuals overcame them.

Register in advance at
http://ow.ly/mBfC50D9Xe8

We, and 18 other organizations, sent a letter to Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes today, asking him to address the pandemic insid...
01/15/2021

We, and 18 other organizations, sent a letter to Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes today, asking him to address the pandemic inside Wisconsin prisons, and calling on him to push Gov. Tony Evers to use his clemency powers to release vulnerable people at higher risk of suffering adverse COVID-19 complications, as well as those who are already within six months to a year of their mandatory release. Read our press release here: http://bit.ly/3svvwbK.

You can send Lt. Gov Barnes a message now and urge him to take action: https://action.aclu.org/send-message/WI-Barnes.

A Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Celebration will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18. Register at  https://bit.ly/3qVkwUiDr. L...
01/15/2021

A Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Celebration will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18. Register at https://bit.ly/3qVkwUi

Dr. Love will call all to engage in critical dialogues about racial violence, oppression, and how to make sustainable change in our communities.

According to the Wisconsin Examiner, the Wauwatosa Police Department internally referred to Mayor Dennis McBride as a “h...
01/15/2021
Wauwatosa Mayor Dennis McBride named as ‘target’ by police - Wisconsin Examiner

According to the Wisconsin Examiner, the Wauwatosa Police Department internally referred to Mayor Dennis McBride as a “higher value target” and attempted to derail policing reform efforts following the outcry over recent fatal police shootings.

This discovery demonstrates just how far some police will go to avoid accountability for misconduct not for just themselves, but for their peers. We support and encourage calls for an independent investigation into WPD’s role in this matter.

Wauwatosa police produced a PowerPoint labeling the mayor a "higher value target" after a summer of protest in the suburban city.

Attend the Insider Racine, Racine Mirror  and Hispanic Reflections newspaper's "Re-Awakening of Dr. Martin Luther King" ...
01/14/2021

Attend the Insider Racine, Racine Mirror and Hispanic Reflections newspaper's "Re-Awakening of Dr. Martin Luther King" event from noon to 1:30 p.m., tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 15, featuring guest speak Rev. Al Sharpton.

Register at http://ow.ly/roSD50D8LZ9

It’s time to end ICE collaboration with local police departments across the country.Biden has the power to end one of IC...
01/14/2021

It’s time to end ICE collaboration with local police departments across the country.

Biden has the power to end one of ICE’s most pernicious programs.

Read the full blog here:
http://ow.ly/4dqJ50D8CRy

The first example of a modern police department in the US was a slave patrol. We need fundamental change to keep our com...
01/12/2021

The first example of a modern police department in the US was a slave patrol. We need fundamental change to keep our communities safe.

If you agree with us that President Trump should be impeached again, tell your representatives now here: http://ow.ly/Nt...
01/12/2021
Impeach Trump Now

If you agree with us that President Trump should be impeached again, tell your representatives now here: http://ow.ly/NtNm50D6rsl

For his unconstitutional attempts to subvert our nation's democracy, Trump must be impeached immediately.

Timeline Photos
01/11/2021

Timeline Photos

As a matter of policy, we do not regularly call for the removal of public officials.Having considered our mission, our c...
01/11/2021

As a matter of policy, we do not regularly call for the removal of public officials.

Having considered our mission, our commitment to nonpartisanship, and our policy to take a position on impeachment only where officials pose a "grave and imminent threat to civil liberties," our board resolved that Trump committed impeachable offenses and violated his oath.

President Trump has violated his oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution.

He poses a grave and imminent threat to civil liberties by engaging in an extended pattern of bad-faith conduct designed to subvert the results of a democratic election.

The president's pattern includes:
◾ Repeatedly making false statements about 'voter fraud' designed to undermine the election
◾ Pressuring officials in several states including MI, PA, and GA, to interfere with the results of the election, including a January 2 taped phone call
◾ Seeking to disenfranchise people of color by targeting many of these efforts at jurisdictions with predominantly Black or Brown populations
◾ Directing Vice President Pence to block Congress' certification of the Electoral College results
◾ Urging an unruly mob to riot at the United States Capitol on January 6, in an effort to prevent the certification of the Electoral College results and to intimidate members of Congress from carrying out their constitutional duties

The ACLU national board recognizes that officials have a right to pursue good-faith challenges to election results.
But the pattern of conduct by the president displayed an unfounded, unconstitutional, bad-faith effort to undermine the results merely because the president lost.

Because our democracy rests on a commitment by representatives to let the people decide, these unprecedented acts constitute high crimes and misdemeanors that pose a grave and imminent threat to civil liberties and the foundations of our Republic, warranting Trump's impeachment.

Join us for a town hall that will center the experiences of directly impacted women and elevate their voices and insight...
01/10/2021

Join us for a town hall that will center the experiences of directly impacted women and elevate their voices and insight regarding crimeless revocation and the earned release program.
Register at http://ow.ly/KAZv50D3IoH.

"It reflects a troubling tendency for law enforcement to see white people — white people with guns, even — as allies, an...
01/08/2021
Recalling tear gas, arrests at Wisconsin protests, local leaders denounce policing 'double standard' at U.S. Capitol riots

"It reflects a troubling tendency for law enforcement to see white people — white people with guns, even — as allies, and to see Black people as a threat to be controlled," said Larry Dupuis, the legal director for the ACLU of Wisconsin.

The images of the robust and at-times aggressive police response to BLM protesters in the summer and fall remain clear in local activists' minds.

Following the leadership of the Blake family and organizers on the ground in Kenosha, including Leaders of Kenosha, Keno...
01/07/2021

Following the leadership of the Blake family and organizers on the ground in Kenosha, including Leaders of Kenosha, Kenosha Accountability Coalition, United As 1, United Black Men and Women, Black Underground Recycling, Education Youth, All of Us or None, Regimen Barber Collective, SAC, BLAK (Black Lives Activists of Kenosha), Humanity First Coalition, Kenosha Pride, Breaking Barriers Mentoring Inc, The People's Revolution, and ComForce, the ACLU of Wisconsin on Thursday called for the removal of Kenosha Police officer Rusten Sheskey from his position.

What happened to Mr. Blake traumatized Kenoshans and Americans across the country, especially Black people, who have had to bear witness to and endure generations of police violence throughout history. Healing those wounds — and building a system predicated on justice and equality — starts with accountability. Read our full statement here: http://ow.ly/KSKW50D2MQb

The criminal legal system, from police to prosecutors, is functioning exactly how it was designed — to oppress and harm ...
01/06/2021
No Charges Filed Against Kenosha Police Officer Who Shot Jacob Blake

The criminal legal system, from police to prosecutors, is functioning exactly how it was designed — to oppress and harm Black people.

Real justice would have been Jacob Blake never being shot in the first place.

Officer Rusten Sheskey shot Blake seven times in the back, in an incident caught on camera

We are disappointed that, instead of holding police accountable for another example of their repeated use of excessive f...
01/05/2021
ACLU of Wisconsin Issues Statement Following Charging Decision of Kenosha DA In Shooting of Jacob Blake

We are disappointed that, instead of holding police accountable for another example of their repeated use of excessive force against people of color, District Attorney Graveley declined to charge Officer Rusten Sheskey in the shooting of Jacob Blake.

As we've seen so many times before, the police were held to a very different standard of responsibility than the rest of us. By failing to hold Officer Shesky accountable, Kenosha has continued a national pattern of dangerous negligence by giving police officers a pass when they shoot a Black person.

KENOSHA - The ACLU of Wisconsin today released a statement after Kenosha District Attorney Michael Graveley announced that Kenosha Police Department Officer Rusten Sheskey will not be charged for the shooting Jacob Blake in the back seven times, which paralyzed him:

ICYMI: The ACLU of Wisconsin has a new “Mobile Justice” app, which allows users to send videos of police misconduct inci...
01/05/2021

ICYMI: The ACLU of Wisconsin has a new “Mobile Justice” app, which allows users to send videos of police misconduct incidents directly to the ACLU. Our Mobile Justice app is available for download on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Learn more here: http://bit.ly/3bamElu

Black lives matter. Black futures matter. The fight to end our nation's epidemic of police brutality is far from over. B...
01/05/2021

Black lives matter. Black futures matter.

The fight to end our nation's epidemic of police brutality is far from over. But we will not let up.

We submitted testimony today to the Kenosha Common Council, objecting to the implementation of city-wide curfews, and ot...
01/04/2021
ACLU of Wisconsin Calls On Kenosha Common Council To Protect the Rights of Demonstrators In Anticipation of Charging Decision in Jacob Blake Case

We submitted testimony today to the Kenosha Common Council, objecting to the implementation of city-wide curfews, and other measures to restrict free speech, in anticipation of the charging decision in the Jacob Blake case. Members of the Common Council will meet tonight to discuss how the city should respond in the wake of the decision.

Whatever charging decision is made in the coming weeks, peaceful protestors must be allowed to make their voices heard without fear of being harassed, assaulted or mistreated by the officers who are charged with protecting them. We hope that the Common Council recognizes Kenosha’s deeply flawed response to past protests and works to develop an approach that respects people’s constitutional rights while also prioritizing de-escalation and equitable policing.

KENOSHA - The ACLU of Wisconsin submitted testimony today to the Kenosha Common Council, objecting to the implementation of city-wide curfews, and other measures to restrict free speech, in anticipation of the charging decision in the Jacob Blake case.

The ACLU Campaign for Smart Justice is an effort to reduce the U.S. jail and prison population & fight racism in the cri...
01/04/2021

The ACLU Campaign for Smart Justice is an effort to reduce the U.S. jail and prison population & fight racism in the criminal legal system. Join us for a conversation to hear how the ACLU of Wisconsin is engaging in these efforts in Wisconsin.
Register at http://ow.ly/Yiv850CZpSH.

Not now. Not ever.
01/04/2021

Not now. Not ever.

Over 40 million households in the US don't have an internet subscription.
01/03/2021

Over 40 million households in the US don't have an internet subscription.

12/31/2020

We are fighting for the country we want to live in.

With all that we’ve got.

For as long as it takes.

Every donation to support our work will be DOUBLED through midnight.

Donate here:
http://ow.ly/qO4T50CRqan

12/31/2020

As we count down to a new year, all of us at the ACLU are racing to prepare for the urgent, can’t-wait and can’t-lose battles ahead.

This is the last day to support our work and have your donation matched.

Donate here: http://ow.ly/CaQJ50CRpTE

After one of the most difficult years in history, Executive Director Chris Ott talks about our continued commitment to t...
12/30/2020

After one of the most difficult years in history, Executive Director Chris Ott talks about our continued commitment to the fight for justice and equality in Wisconsin.

Read the full blog here: http://ow.ly/88cd50CTh2t

The ACLU Campaign for Smart Justice is an effort to reduce the U.S. jail and prison population & fight racism in the cri...
12/29/2020

The ACLU Campaign for Smart Justice is an effort to reduce the U.S. jail and prison population & fight racism in the criminal legal system. Join us for a conversation to hear how the ACLU of Wisconsin is engaging in these efforts in Wisconsin.

Register at https://aclu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_f5bpzwEPT9y_C7tEr-Ri6A.

Building trust between the government and trans communities is a long and hard process that starts with recognizing who ...
12/29/2020

Building trust between the government and trans communities is a long and hard process that starts with recognizing who we are.

Read "They The People: The Biden Administration Must go Beyond Repealing Trump’s Attacks on Trans Rights" here: http://ow.ly/rzli50CTd3q

12/29/2020

We won’t back down from the fight for the country we want to live in — for our families.

Any donation given to support our work through 12/31 will be matched, up to $125k. Double your impact now.

Donate here: http://ow.ly/bSYu50CTbHm

The overuse of police in our nation's schools: ⚠️ Disproportionately harms students of color and with disabilities ⚠️ Cr...
12/28/2020
The Biden Administration’s Disability Rights To-Do List

The overuse of police in our nation's schools:
⚠️ Disproportionately harms students of color and with disabilities
⚠️ Criminalizes normal childhood behavior
⚠️ Funnels students into the school-to-prison pipeline.
It's time for change.
http://ow.ly/vauo50CVqzM

When President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris take office, their administration must act quickly to protect the rights of and promote opportunities for people with disabilities.

12/27/2020

As we transition to a new administration in the White House, we at the ACLU are racing to prepare for what's ahead — fights that can't wait and can't be lost.

Every donation made to support our work until the end of the year will be matched, up to $125k: http://ow.ly/EiCf50CTbDI

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