Fighting for you in the California Legislature is never easy. This year has been particularly challenging – because of the urgency of our issues, because of fierce opposition we've faced from the law enforcement lobby and other powerful interest groups, and because of the coronavirus pandemic that disrupted legislative schedules and all our lives.
We're deeply grateful for your steadfast support during these challenging times. With your help, the ACLU successfully advanced important new laws that will strengthen and protect the fundamental rights and civil liberties of all Californians. Here is some of what your advocacy and activism achieved in 2020:
In addition to these victories, you helped the ACLU defeat legislation that would have spread the use of dangerous facial recognition technology; and you helped us to pass two constitutional amendments that are now on the November ballot – Proposition 16 (ensuring opportunity for all) and Proposition 17 (restoring voting rights for people on parole).
We hope you are proud of these victories. They demonstrate the power and the potential of our collective action to make California a more just and inclusive state. Even so, there is still much work to be done.
Like you, we were disappointed that the governor vetoed the CRISES Act (AB 2054), which would have created much-needed non-law enforcement alternatives to police in certain emergency situations. Also disappointing was state lawmakers' failure to enact meaningful controls on police misconduct, including refusing to bring our police decertification bill (SB 731) up for a vote in the assembly.
California must advance bold policies to reimagine policing and bring public safety under community control. We welcome your continued support and advocacy in the coming year.
Thanks for sticking with us,
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