ACLU Sonoma County Annual Awards Celebration
June 5, 2016 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Flamingo Hotel, Santa Rosa
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Santa Rosa community leader the Rev. Ann Gray Byrd will receive the 2016 Jack Green Civil Liberties Award at the Annual Lunch and Awards Ceremony of the Sonoma County ACLU Chapter on Sunday, June 5, at Santa Rosa’s Flamingo Hotel.
Keynote Speaker will be Abdi Soltani, Executive Director of the Northern California ACLU.
The Rev. Ann Gray Byrd grew up in Santa Rosa. She has spent a lifetime as an advocate for civil rights and equality, and is known locally as a minister, author, community activist, humanitarian, volunteer and motivational speaker. Currently president of Santa Rosa-Sonoma County NAACP, she has also been active in the Santa Rosa Interfaith Ministerial Association, Sonoma County Chapter of the ACLU, Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women, Sonoma County People for Economic Opportunity and Santa Rosa National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club.
As the Executive Director of the ACLU of Northern California since 2009, Abdi Soltani leads efforts to defend and advance civil liberties and civil rights protections from Del Norte County on the Oregon border to Monterey, Kings and Tulare Counties in Central California. A native of Iran, he became a student activist as an undergraduate at Stanford University, where he graduated with a degree in biology.
Lunch and program from 12 to 4 p.m., with choice of menu, will cost $50 at full price, $25 for students, children and low-income diners. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. In addition to the awards and speakers, the event will feature a 50-50 raffle in which the winner walks away with half the proceeds of raffle ticket sales and the remainder is a donation to the Sonoma County Chapter of the ACLU.
ACLU Dialogue, Election and Pizza Night
ACLU members and interested community activists jammed into the Peace & Justice Center in Santa Rosa Jan. 19 for an evening of dialogue, pizza and the formal election of the 2016 Board of Directors.
Elected to the Board from the slate presented by the Nominating Committee were Omar Figueroa, Carole Guffanti-Notley, Evan Livingstone, Marty McReynolds, Nancy Palandati, Frank N. Panza and Joseph Persico.
Ashley Morris, from the San Francisco office of the ACLU of Northern California, outlined ACLU legislative and other goals for the year. A wide-ranging discussion was held of civil liberties issues affecting Sonoma County.
Local Board Members Wanted
Join the board of the Sonoma County chapter of the ACLU of Northern California. Apply online at https://www.aclunc.org/about/chapters/join-chapter-board. The board has been installed for 2016 but we’re always interested in adding new board members.
Thank you to all who made possible the ACLU of Sonoma County’s 2015 Awards Celebration & Luncheon on May 3, 2015, at the Flamingo Hotel, Santa Rosa.
Jack Green Civil Liberties Award Honorees: Elbert ‘Big Man’ Howard & Carole Hyams-Howard
Mario Savio Student Activist Award Honoree: Sandy Espino-Valenciano
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Click here to view PDF of ACLU Sonoma County Newsletter Summer 2014
ACLU Sonoma County Position on Civilian Review Board
1. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, as overseen by the Board of Supervisors, needs to take a new approach to “community policing” — one in which the community feels respected and protected by law enforcement, not harassed and threatened.
2. There should be a thorough reassessment of the use of deadly force by law enforcement agencies across Sonoma County, focusing on policies, training of officers and evaluation of their conduct. While officer safety is important, the emphasis should be on protecting the public.
3. There should be an immediate independent review of all the facts in the fatal shooting of Andy Lopez on Oct. 22, as well as full public disclosure of results of all investigations.
4. We call on the U.S. Civil Rights Commission to return to Sonoma County to investigate police killings since 1998.
5. We support establishment of a countywide Civilian Review Board, with provisions stated below.
6. We call for installation of body cams and patrol car cameras for all police agencies in Sonoma County, with the necessary privacy provisions.
7. We support conversion of the open space at Moorland and West Robles avenues into the Andy Lopez Memorial Park.
11 PRINCIPLES FOR AN EFFECTIVE CIVILIAN REVIEW BOARD
1. INDEPENDENCE: The power to conduct hearings, subpoena witnesses who testify under oath and report findings and recommendations to the public.
2. INVESTIGATORY POWER: The authority to independently investigate incidents and issue findings on complaints.
3. MANDATORY POLICE COOPERATION: Complete access to police witnesses and documents through legal mandate or subpoena power.
4. ADEQUATE FUNDING: Should not be a lower budget priority than police internal affairs.
5. HEARINGS: Essential for solving credibility questions and enhancing public confidence in process.
6. REFLECT COMMUNITY DIVERSITY: Board & staff should be broadly representative of the community it serves.
7. POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS: Citizen oversight can spot problem policies and provide a forum for developing reform.
8. STATISTICAL ANALYSIS: Public statistical reports can detail trends in allegations, and early warning systems can identify officers who are subjects of unusually numerous complaints.
9. SEPARATE OFFICES: Should be housed away from police headquarters to maintain independence and credibility with public.
10. DISCIPLINARY ROLE: Board findings should be considered in determining appropriate disciplinary action.
11. ADEQUATE TRAINING AND EXPERTISE: To ensure that Board members are knowledgeable about proper police practices, conduct meaningful investigations and can make informed recommendations