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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.
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.
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With the moratorium on public housing set to expire later this month, many more Wisconsinites, along with people across ...
07/12/2020
$7M in rental assistance available for those in 3 counties as public housing eviction ban set to expire July 25

With the moratorium on public housing set to expire later this month, many more Wisconsinites, along with people across the country, will be in danger of losing their homes in the midst of a pandemic.

All residents, regardless of their circumstances or background, should have access to safe and stable housing throughout the course of this ongoing public health crisis.

MILWAUKEE -- Nearly 4,000 evictions have been filed in Wisconsin since a state moratorium expired, and a July 25 deadline could have many more seeking help. One Milwaukee property manager filed evictions, but said he hopes they can be avoided. "We always tell people, 'We're here to help,'" said Sam....

If you have been looking for a chance to have a positive impact in this moment, we encourage you to apply for the ACLU o...
07/11/2020

If you have been looking for a chance to have a positive impact in this moment, we encourage you to apply for the ACLU of Wisconsin's Community Engagement Manager position.

The Community Engagement Manager will promote and protect the civil liberties and civil rights of all residents of Wisconsin through education, outreach, advocacy, organizing, direct action, and programming for adults and youth. Apply here: https://www.aclu-wi.org/en/jobs/community-engagement-manager

07/10/2020
In the interest of full transparency, Sheboygan Police should release body camera footage of the shooting of Kevan Ruffi...
07/09/2020
ACLU of Wisconsin Asks Sheboygan Police to Release Footage Of Officer-Involved Fatal Shooting To Victim’s Family

In the interest of full transparency, Sheboygan Police should release body camera footage of the shooting of Kevan Ruffin to his family as soon as the Department of Justice has completed its initial interviews with witnesses.

The family of Mr. Ruffin has a right to know exactly what happened to him during the final moments of his life.

MILWAUKEE - In response to last week’s officer-involved fatal shooting of 32-year-old Kevan Ruffin, the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin called for Sheboygan Police to release body cam footage of the incident to Ruffin’s family as a way to provide transparency in the investigation.

A report issued last week by the ACLU of Wisconsin and All Voting is Local makes clear that county jails are failing to ...
07/08/2020
De Facto Disenfranchisement: Wisconsin is Denying People in Jail Opportunities to Vote

A report issued last week by the ACLU of Wisconsin and All Voting is Local makes clear that county jails are failing to accommodate eligible voters in custody, as the facilities lack the proper infrastructure, policies and protocol needed to make voting possible. Read our blog to learn more.

The state of Wisconsin has become ground zero for voter disenfranchisement in the United States.

Even as the city works to appoint a new FPC executive director, the commission must fulfill its role and listen to the d...
07/07/2020
Milwaukee Fire & Police Commission Must Listen to Demands for Change, No Matter Who is in Charge

Even as the city works to appoint a new FPC executive director, the commission must fulfill its role and listen to the demands of the thousands of Milwaukee residents who have taken to the streets to demand systemic change in policing.

The FPC has a pivotal part to play in redefining the role of policing in Milwaukee, and its members must commit themselves to that goal, no matter who is in charge.

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07/06/2020

A protest is being held Friday, July 10, at the Sheboygan Sheriff’s Office for those wishing to stand in solidarity with those being held in detention centers across the country, many of which are children.

Stop racial profiling and take a stand against ICE abuses!

Access to affordable housing and regional transit should be a universal right to all, not limited to certain races. Milw...
07/05/2020
Opinion: Racial disparity is holding back the entire Milwaukee region. Here are three ways we could help.

Access to affordable housing and regional transit should be a universal right to all, not limited to certain races. Milwaukee must address the major economic racial disparities that exist in the region to cultivate a fair and equitable city.

The research has been done and the logic that once brought these policy areas to the forefront of public discussion is more compelling than ever.

Claims that the confederate flag represents culture and heritage instead of white supremacy are refuted by those "honore...
07/04/2020
It's Time To Tell the Truth About the Confederacy and its Symbols

Claims that the confederate flag represents culture and heritage instead of white supremacy are refuted by those "honored" on confederate monuments themselves.

The decision to retire the Mississippi state flag is not erasing history, it is telling the truth about it.

This decision means that there will no longer be school resource officers in Milwaukee Public Schools or Madison Metropo...
07/03/2020
Updated: Madison School Board votes unanimously to end police in schools contract

This decision means that there will no longer be school resource officers in Milwaukee Public Schools or Madison Metropolitan.

These are meaningful first steps toward ending the school-to-prison pipeline and fundamentally reimagining the role of policing in society. We salute the students, community members, and organizations like Freedom Inc. that worked to get this done.

The City Council will introduce its own resolution to end the contract July 14, and could vote as soon as July 21. School Board president Gloria Reyes said the termination

Because we have seen such a national pattern of police using excessive and often fatal force against people of color dur...
07/02/2020
ACLU of Wisconsin Calls for Transparent Investigation into Fatal Shooting of Kevan Ruffin

Because we have seen such a national pattern of police using excessive and often fatal force against people of color during routine encounters, as well as against people with mental health conditions, we need to know why Sheboygan police killed Mr. Ruffin instead of handling this in a nonviolent way. This tragedy raises fresh, painful questions about the need for racial justice and police accountability.

MILWAUKEE - The ACLU of Wisconsin made the following statement today following the fatal shooting of 32-year-old Kevan Ruffin, a Black man with a reported history of mental health issues, by Sheboygan Police early Thursday morning.

We released a report today with partner, #AllVotingIsLocal, showing that people in Wisconsin jails experience voting dis...
07/01/2020
New Report Finds Widespread Voting Disenfranchisement in Wisconsin Jails

We released a report today with partner, #AllVotingIsLocal, showing that people in Wisconsin jails experience voting disenfranchisement on a mass scale, even though many people are still eligible to vote.

Voter disenfranchisement is rampant in Wisconsin, but people often don’t talk about how pervasive it is in jails. Although many individuals have not had their voting rights revoked, we found that over half of the county jails included in our report w/ partner #AllVotingIsLocal did not have a written policy for how voters can register to vote and cast their ballots.

Join up tonight at 6:30 p.m. for a town hall meeting on the report which will be livestreamed on Facebook.

MILWAUKEE – The ACLU of Wisconsin and All Voting is Local today released Ballots for All

06/30/2020
media.ca7.uscourts.gov

Federal Court of Appeals: Forcing voters to travel to crowded places like the DMV during a worldwide pandemic to vote is unconscionable. We will continue fighting to ensure that all WI voters can cast their ballots free of these obvious obstructions to their constitutional rights.

Click the link to read the entire decision.

While some prominent public officials have attempted to blame immigrants for the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, our st...
06/27/2020
COVID-19 is Devastating Latinx Communities and We Need to Do Something About It

While some prominent public officials have attempted to blame immigrants for the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, our staff attorney Tim Muth debunks this xenophobic narrative as he writes about the actual factors — racial inequality, lack of healthcare, and economic insecurity, to name a few — driving the pandemic’s disparate impact in Latinx communities.

The COVID-19 pandemic in Wisconsin has not hit all segments of the population equally. People of color have disproportionately fallen ill to this potentially fatal disease. The Black population in our state has suffered greatly with significant levels of infection and fatal outcomes. Less well known...

06/25/2020
City of Milwaukee Election Commission

The City of Milwaukee Election Commission is seeking poll workers for the August 11 and November 3 elections. You don't have to live in the City of Milwaukee to volunteer, you just have to be a resident of Milwaukee County. Click the link below to sign up!

The Election Commission is dedicated to re-opening neighborhood voting sites for the August 11 and November 3 elections... but WE NEED YOUR HELP! Many of our longstanding senior election workers will not be able to work. Masks (for workers and voters), face shields, sanitizer, disinfectants and social distancing will be used in the operation of every site. We desperately need Milwaukee County residents to step forward, sign up and protect access to voting. Be a part of democracy... sign up to be an election worker by clicking the below link.
- Neil Albrecht, Executive Director

https://city.milwaukee.gov/Helpmilwaukeevote#.XvPg2ZB8CUk

This year, the ACLU of Wisconsin celebrates our 90th anniversary! Check out our interview with 88Nine Radio Milwaukee to...
06/24/2020
Get to know ACLU of Wisconsin

This year, the ACLU of Wisconsin celebrates our 90th anniversary! Check out our interview with 88Nine Radio Milwaukee to find out what we're doing today to continue protecting the civil liberties and civil rights of all Wisconsinites.

Ever wondered how the ACLU protects peoples civil rights and liberties? Learn more about how it all works.

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06/24/2020

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Sean's an invaluable member of our team and his work is crucial to the ACLU's fight to end mass incarceration. Read abou...
06/23/2020
ACLU’s Sean Wilson Battles Mass Incarceration

Sean's an invaluable member of our team and his work is crucial to the ACLU's fight to end mass incarceration. Read about his story in this recent profile of him published in the Wisconsin Muslim Journal.

ACLU’s Sean Wilson Battles Mass Incarceration

Milwaukee Public Schools ended its contract with the Milwaukee police on Thursday night. Thanks to all the students and ...
06/21/2020
MPS Board unanimously passes resolution to end contracts with Milwaukee police

Milwaukee Public Schools ended its contract with the Milwaukee police on Thursday night. Thanks to all the students and advocates, like Leaders Igniting Transformation, that worked to make this happen.

We hope these resources will be reinvested into programs and services that make our schools stronger and safer.

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Public Schools Board of Directors on Thursday night, June 18 passed a resolution that ends the district's contracts with the Milwaukee Police Department. The decision was unanimous, with some minor amendments made to the wording of the proposed resolution. The meeting last...

Even as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise inside Wisconsin's jails and prisons, state leaders are still ref...
06/20/2020

Even as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise inside Wisconsin's jails and prisons, state leaders are still refusing to take the action that is necessary to protect incarcerated people, corrections staff, and the community as a whole. Inaction in the face of this crisis is intolerable and puts the health of all Wisconsinites at risk.

Add your name to our petition now and tell Governor Evers to stop the prison pandemic: https://bit.ly/noprisonpandemic.

Audre Lorde said, “Our silence won’t save us.” Join our friends at the African American Roundtable and Liberate Milwauke...
06/19/2020

Audre Lorde said, “Our silence won’t save us.” Join our friends at the African American Roundtable and Liberate Milwaukee tonight at 6:00 to hear from some of Milwaukee's best poets using their voice to fuel the resistance. Watch on Facebook Live on their page.
https://www.facebook.com/AfricanAmericanCivicEngagementRoundtable/

On Juneteenth, we commemorate the abolition of slavery, along with the beauty and resiliency of the struggle for Black f...
06/19/2020

On Juneteenth, we commemorate the abolition of slavery, along with the beauty and resiliency of the struggle for Black freedom in the face of centuries of systemic oppression. Today, we reflect on and honor that history as we continue the fight.

BREAKING: The Supreme Court just ruled to preserve the DACA program! The Court's affirmation of DACA brings much-needed ...
06/18/2020
ACLU of Wisconsin Commends Supreme Court for DACA Decision

BREAKING: The Supreme Court just ruled to preserve the DACA program! The Court's affirmation of DACA brings much-needed stability to a community that has dealt with constant uncertainty and distress for the last three years.

This decision will allow the more than 700,000 Dreamers nationwide -- 8,000 of whom live in Wisconsin -- to continue to fully contribute to their communities, become valued employees, pursue higher education, and serve in our nation’s armed forces.

MILWAUKEE - The United States Supreme Court today declared President Trump’s years-long attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program unconstitutional, ruling that the way in which it was terminated violated the law.

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