Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events at this time. Stay tuned and check back soon.

For other local events see: The “Santa Cruz Community Calendar,” the “IndyBay Events Calendar,” and the “SCI Actions Calendar.” **

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 Past Events in 2018

January 20: ‘Be the Change’ Women’s March

The Santa Cruz Chapter of the ACLU was proud to take part in the 2018 Santa Cruz Women’s March!

January 15: MLK Day Parade

On January 15th, the Santa Cruz Chapter of the ACLU will be marching in the MLK Day ‘March For a Dream’ Parade. Join us!

Join us for the NAACP Santa Cruz County Branch and the Santa Cruz Police Department’s 2018 MLK March For the Dream.

Honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. means bringing people from diverse backgrounds together to build authentic bonds of human understanding and value. The MLK March in Santa Cruz is more than a march. It is an opportunity to put Dr. King’s words and ideals into practice by inviting others from different ethnicities, religions or backgrounds to walk together and listen to one another.

The community is invited to join the march in honor of Dr. King.  After the march, we will convene with speeches and family-friendly activities on Cooper Street in partnership with the Museum of Art and History (MAH).

The march will begin at 10:00am in Downtown Santa Cruz starting on Pacific Avenue between Cathcart and Cedar Streets (march route and info).

Groups who will march together must submit a participation waiver form below.

 January 14: Santa Cruz ACLU Annual General Meeting

The Santa Cruz Chapter of the ACLU of Northern California will hold its Annual General Meeting on January 14, 2018 from 2-4:30 pm at Peace United Church, 900 High Street, Santa Cruz. The cost is a sliding scale of $10-20, but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.  Light refreshments will be supplied by India Joze.

The Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Craig Reinarman, Professor of Sociology and Legal Studies at UCSC.  Professor Reinarman will be speaking about recent efforts at criminal justice reform, including the movement to sharply curtail the use of money bail.

The meeting will include an update on the Chapter’s work in 2017, and award presentations to three extraordinary local civil liberties activists, Sherry Conable, David Grishaw-Jones, and Ernestina Saldana.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact: Steve Pleich at


Past Events in 2017


July 18: Know Your Rights as a Person Without Housing

The Santa Cruz Chapter of the ACLU of Northern California is sponsoring a forum and community discussion entitled “Know Your Rights as a Person Without Housing” on Tuesday, July 18 from 7-9 pm at the Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center Street.  Free food will be shared.

 Speakers include Tristia Bauman from the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, Andrea Pritchett and Petyon Provezano of Berkeley Copwatch, and Wes White of the Monterey County Homeless Union.  The speakers will discuss and answer questions regarding the rights of people experiencing homelessness, including dealing with citations, property confiscation, and orders to move along.

 The public is invited to attend.



April 29-30: The Reel Work Labor Film Festival

The Santa Cruz ACLU, in collaboration with Veterans for Peace and The Reel Work Labor Film Festival are proud to present a 2 part series on policing, community-police relations, and police militarization.

Part 1 of the series is A Forum on Community Police Relations. This forum features local leaders, regional experts, and former Seattle police chief and author Norm Stamper. This event will be on Saturday April 29th (1:30-4pm) at the Resource Center for Non-violence, 612 Ocean St, Santa Cruz. For more information see the event page here.

Part 2 of the series is a film screening of DO NOT RESIST and discussion with former police chief and author Norm Stamper. This event will be held on Sunday April 30th (11-1pm) at the Nickelodeon Theatre, 210 Lincoln St, Santa Cruz. A $5 donation is suggested. For more information see the event page here.