Spokane Public Schools

This spring two black students at Sacajawea Middle School said their teacher had subjected them to an offensive, and traumatizing lesson where they were told to clean cotton in class. Spokane Public Schools hired a third-party to investigate a complaint filed by the ACLU on the student’s behalf.

That investigation was released to the public Friday.

According to the report, investigators verified that a cotton cleaning lesson did occur, but students were not forced to participate.

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Spokane Public Schools is facing allegations of racism after a middle school teacher asked her students to clean cotton in class, an incident that left the only black students in the classroom feeling humiliated, say their representatives.

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The U.S. Border Patrol has settled with two men who sued the agency for racial profiling and unlawful detainment, after they were detained in separate incidents at the Intermodal Center in Spokane.

The ACLU of Washington membership has dramatically increased since the election of Donald Trump.

The organization is now caught in the middle of President Trump’s immigration ban, in supporting some travelers who were being held by customs authorities at SeaTac Airport.

ACLU of Washington spokesman Doug Honig says membership in the organization has undergone a transformation the November presidential election. “Our membership has gone from more than 18,000 to more than 32,000 and still climbing. It's really unprecedented,” Honig said.

The ACLU of Washington is launching an effort to ensure that hospitals are following the state’s abortion rights law. Thursday, the ACLU filed a lawsuit seeking to have Skagit Regional Health comply with Washington’s Reproductive Privacy Act, or RPA.

The ACLU’s Doug Hoenig says the public hospital has a policy of not providing abortion services, in violation of state law. Hoenig says The ACLU also has sent letters to three other public hospital districts in Mason County, Jefferson County, and Whidbey Island that have the same policy.

WSU Health Clinic Free of Religious Directives

Sep 2, 2014

The bylaws for a new health clinic at Washington State University-Spokane will be amended to ensure the care and education provided within is free of religious health directives. Providence Health Care made the announcement Friday, two days after the American Civil Liberties Union urged the WSU Board of Regents to ensure separation of church and state.

You may see posters soon in Spokane that read “Give Real Change”. It’s a new anti-panhandling campaign by the city and Downtown Spokane Partnership, meant to direct people’s money away from panhandlers and into area charities.