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This page is about current civil rights issues.  The ACLU does not take a stand on individual politicians.   Most state and federal issues are described on the main ACLU page at:

ACLU of Northern California Issues Page

The Death Penalty and Lethal Injection

The ACLU believes the death penalty should be replaced with life in prison without possibility of parole.  More than a hundred people spoke against the death penalty at the California State hearing on Lethal Injection in June, 2009.   To see some of the talks, click on the link below:

     California State Hearing on Lethal Injection

Prisons and Schools

The U.S. prison population is four times the average for developed countries.  This is closely related to our school policies.   The link below takes you to information on schools and prisons:

Prisons and Schools Issues

Proposition 8 Reversal

The campaign to restore equality to all Californians continues.  For more information, visit:  WWW.EQCA.ORG 

Political Lawn Sign Removal

There is currently one issue that affects our local chapter's area: the illegal removal on political lawn signs by police in Menlo Park.  Our position is stated in this document:

ACLU Statement on Removal of Political Lawn Signs (pdf file)

Amendment 4

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures , shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.