Statements & news


November 28, 2017

ACLU Northern California

The ACLU of Northern California is excited to announce the Free Speech for Equal Justice awardees at UC Berkeley. Through this one-time grant program, the ACLU of Northern California will distribute almost $17,000 among eleven student groups to host speakers who promote equal justice. The speakers include organizers, activists, poets, and academics covering topics on racial justice, immigrants rights, LGBTQ inclusion, and more.

Below is the full list of UC Berkeley awardees, the events they will host, and the grants that they will receive:

November 19, 2017

The Daily Californian

Five UC Berkeley students partnered with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, or ILRC, to offer free legal consultations with immigration attorneys Thursday evening at Longfellow Middle School.

October 31, 2017

The Daily Californian


On Oct. 18, a rule by the Department of Homeland Security, which allows the department to collect social media information of every immigrant in the United States, regardless of documentation, went into effect. This rule would also affect U.S. citizens who happen to interact with immigrants online by rendering their conversations vulnerable to government surveillance.

October 26, 2017

UC Newsroom

The University of California — birthplace of the Free Speech Movement — will open a center in Washington D.C. devoted to research, education and advocacy on issues of free speech and civic engagement.  

October 23, 2017

The Daily Californian

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has rescinded 72 guidelines that outlined rights for disabled students, raising concerns within the UC Berkeley community about waning protections for students with disabilities.

Among the policies that were rescinded Oct. 2 were recommendations by the federal government that outlined how federal money would be used for equity in education for disabled students. The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services wrote in a newsletter on Friday that these 72 guidance documents were “outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective.”

October 16, 2017

SF Gate

SACRAMENTO — Californians who do not identify as male or female will have a third gender option on driver’s licenses and birth certificates under a bill Gov. Jerry Brown signed Sunday.

SB179 makes California the first state in the country to offer the third gender marker on birth certificates for nonbinary people who want their personal documents to match their gender identity. Nonbinary is an umbrella term for people who do not consider themselves strictly male or female, but instead fall outside those gender norms.