By Allie Shinn, Director of External Affairs Last week, in one of his first actions as President, Donald Trump issued a sweeping Executive Order targeting America’s immigrant communities. Not only is this order morally indefensible, it is illogical, makes American communities less safe, and is very likely unconstitutional. Along with a directive to militarize our border and build a wall along the Rio Grande, this Executive Order includes a provision that seeks to coerce local law enforcement to participate in mass deportation of undocumented immigrants. At the ACLU, we stand firmly against any and all attempts to conscript local law enforcement into immigration enforcement orRead More →

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January 26, 2017 Oklahoma City– In response to Tulsa Mayor GT Bynum and Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan’s assertion that the Tulsa Police Department will not become a federal dragnet deportation force, the ACLU of Oklahoma released the following statement: Please attribute the following to Ryan Kiesel, Executive Director: “The ACLU of Oklahoma is pleased to see Mayor Bynum and Police Chief Jordan honoring their commitment to protect all of the citizens of Tulsa, regardless of immigration status. Attempts to conscript local law enforcement into dragnet deportation forces are reckless, irresponsible, and counterproductive. Tulsa cannot be safe when crime victims and potential informants are tooRead More →

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Oklahoma City– In response to Oklahoma’s new law requiring private businesses to post government anti-abortion signs in their restrooms, the ACLU of Oklahoma released the following statement: The following is attributable to Ryan Kiesel, Executive Director: “In the latest of their absurd and callous efforts to shame and stigmatize women, Oklahoma legislators from both parties have outdone themselves with a new government requirement that commands thousands of private businesses to turn their bathroom walls into billboards for a government anti-abortion statement. In addition to being a politically motivated attack on Oklahoma’s women, the requirement that many businesses, including restaurants, post signs that advance a backwardsRead More →

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma will hold a press conference at 10 AM on Monday, November 14, 2016, in the Oklahoma Oklahoma State Capitol Press Room to announce its filing of a key motion in its open records lawsuit challenging Governor Fallin’s denial of two plaintiffs’ access to public records for over 900 days. The Motion is being filed in Oklahoma County District Court and asks the Court to order the Governor to comply with the Oklahoma Open Records Act. Both Plaintiffs, A Perfect Cause and The Oklahoma Observer, will make statements, as will Brady Henderson, Legal Director of ACLURead More →

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In the wake of Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States, and with admiration and love for each and every Oklahoman, the ACLU of Oklahoma serves notice that we remain committed to the principles of the Constitution and to the rights, liberties, and safety of each person who calls this nation home. We stand ready, as always, to fight for our most cherished rights and for the values and people we hold so dear. We will remain vigilant, redouble our efforts where necessary, stand with our allies, and use every tool at our disposal to ensure that everyone who calls this state andRead More →

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Oklahoma City– In response to the passage of SQ 776 and failure of SQ 777 and 790, the ACLU of Oklahoma issued the following statements: The following are attributable to Ryan Kiesel, Executive Director: State Question 776: Today, a majority of Oklahoma voters chose to enshrine the Death Penalty in our state Constitution. This decision comes on the heels of our state’s numerous and increasingly brutal failures to apply the death penalty. This State Question is nothing more than an attempt by our government to shirk responsibility for their repeated incompetent attempts to rehabilitate an inherently broken system of state sponsored killings. This loss shouldRead More →

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With the election weeks away, the ACLU of Oklahoma announced today positions on five of the seven state questions set to appear on November’s ballot. We encourage all those who are eligible to make their voices heard in this election. Join the ACLU of Oklahoma and cast your vote for justice on November 8th! NO on SQ 776 SQ 776 needlessly seeks to affirm the State of Oklahoma’s perceived right to execute its citizens. If passed, this measure would add a new section to the Oklahoma State Constitution, purporting to guarantee the right of the government to perform executions, empower the legislature to choose anyRead More →