Here in Louisiana and across the nation, we continue to grieve and demand justice for the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Modesto Reyes, and the many others whose lives have been cut short by police violence. The brutal and militarized responses by police to protests have exacerbated this pain and anguish, and underscored the need for systemic reforms to end this scourge of police violence. 

Amid this national reckoning, it is on all of us to confront and combat the institutionalized racism and white supremacy that pervade every aspect of our society and take a devastating toll on our communities.

The ACLU of Louisiana has been fighting for racial justice and police accountability for decades, and we will not rest until there is an end to racist policing and a fundamental dismantling of institutionalized racism. 

Here are some ways we are working here in Louisiana to dismantle white supremacy, defend the right to protest, and build a future where no Black person has to fear being shot and killed by the police.

Blog Posts

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Alanah Odoms Hebert: To Save Black Lives We Must Confront White Supremacy
America’s original sin is now a sickness, and a cure depends on ending our collective denial about its cause.

Anthony Romero: Reimagining the Role of Police
Together with our partners and allies, the ACLU is working to bring an end to our country’s long nightmare with police violence.

Alanah Odoms Hebert: Three Louisiana Church Burnings and Four Hundred Years of Racial Terror
The burnings of three Black churches in 2019 harkened back to some of the darkest chapters of the Jim Crow era and were a reminder of the rising threat of racial violence and intimidation that black communities face to this day.

Replace Shrines to White Supremacy with Monuments to True Patriots
Removing these monuments from our public spaces is one step towards correcting the record and confronting the Confederacy for what it was: a cause dedicated to protecting the institution of slavery and perpetuating the ideology of white supremacy.
 

Take Action

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Send Congress a Message: Support H.R. 40 and Reparations for Slavery
We will never achieve racial justice in America if this country does not examine the impact of slavery and its legacy – and make strides toward achieving reparatory justice.

Add Your Name: Divest from the Police: Invest in Black and Brown Communities
The policing institutions in our country are deeply entrenched in racism and brutality, and we cannot allow it to continue.

Press Releases

Know Your Rights

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Know Your Rights: Protests
The First Amendment protects your right to assemble to express your views through protest

Know Your Rights: Stopped by the Police 
Learn about your rights when stopped by the police, and how to stay safe.

Know Your Rights: Discrimination
Learn more here about your right to be free from discrimination based on race, ethnicity, or national origin, and how the law protects you.

Letters and Testimony

Anti-Racism Resources

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Anti-Racism: Essential Reading, Viewing, & Listening 
Our compilation of essential resources for adults, teens, and kids about anti-racism

Justice Lab: Putting Racist Policing on Trial

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Fact Sheet
Download a fact sheet about our intensive effort to challenge racist policing in court  

ACLU of Louisiana Plans Intensive Litigation Effort Against Racist Policing
Read the press release about Justice Lab

Law firms, law schools, community organizations, groups, and activists that are potentially interested in participating in Justice Lab are encouraged to email Nora Ahmed at nahmed@laaclu.org with the subject line: “Justice Lab Inquiry.”