Prison holds a particular set of horrors for the transgender community. Until recently, American prisons housed transgender inmates by genitalia, and gender-confirming treatments of any kind were unavailable to the vast majority of transgender inmates. Inside of prison walls, transgender inmates face elevated instances of physical and sexual violence from other inmates and from prison staff.
It has been discovered that the Oregon Department of Justice has been conducting digital surveillance on Oregonians who used the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.
The Urban League of Portland and others have released a letter which can be found here: https://ulpdx.org/news/a-statement-to-our-members/
The Urban League of Portland also sent a letter to Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum you can letter the letter below.
We couldn’t wait any longer to expand our legal team and right now we have an opportunity to permanently fund two new attorney positions. In October we brought on two new staff attorneys, who have both been working with us as law clerks for years. We are excited to have them on board and we wanted to tell you a little bit more about Amanda & Cooper.
Last month, First Amendment defenders won two significant victories in New York. First, protestors of Donald Trump’s racist run for President secured the right to protest in front of Trump Tower in downtown Manhattan. Second, Occupy Wall Street demonstrators won the first step in a class action lawsuit against the City of New York for evicting them from their demonstration site in Zuccotti Park in 2011.
Last week, in Hassan v. New York, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court and held that a lawsuit may move forward against the NYPD for spying on Muslims. The plaintiffs filed the lawsuit against the NYPD for discriminating against them as Muslims in violation of the First Amendment right to freely exercise religion, the First Amendment right to be free from establishment of government religion, and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. They seek expungement of any unlawfully obtained records pertaining to them, a judgment declaring that the NYPD has violated their First and Fourteenth Amendment rights, and an order enjoining their future discriminatory surveillance.
Last week the U.S. Department of Justice announced a new policy that all federal law enforcement agents must obtain a search warrant prior to using a “stingray” for cell phone surveillance. Until last week, there was no policy in place requiring federal law enforcement officials to obtain a search warrant prior to conducting this type of surveillance.
Last week, at the Next Generation Climate Justice Action Camp (NGCJAC), a diverse group of youth and adult organizers met in Southern Oregon to share tools and stories and prepare the next generation of climate justice organizers for the work that is to come.
Last week, a federal court in California held that holding immigrant children from Central America in jail during their immigration proceedings was unlawful because it violates the terms of a nation-wide policy established almost 20 years ago. The court found that the failure to release children, the failure to keep children in a non-secure and licensed child care facility, and the deplorable conditions of holding cells all violate the terms of the government’s own policy on detention of immigrant children.