Arizona Law Limiting Filming of Police Blocked by Federal Judge – Arizona Will Not Defend

By: Fallon Cochlin Over the past few years, citizens all across America have united against the epidemic of police brutality. One major reason for this uprising has been instances of police brutality caught on camera and widely shared across social media. Perhaps the most infamous example of this is the 10-minute-long cell phone footage depicting … Continue reading Arizona Law Limiting Filming of Police Blocked by Federal Judge – Arizona Will Not Defend

Law Banning ‘Sexually Explicit Materials’ in Arizona Public Schools Carries Dangerous First Amendment Implications

By: Graham Bosch Recent national polls have shown that Americans overwhelmingly reject[1] various forms of book-banning and take such actions into consideration when voting for their legislators.[2] Even so, the United States has seen an unprecedented rise in book bans in the past several years, with 1,648 individual titles banned in 138 school districts across … Continue reading Law Banning ‘Sexually Explicit Materials’ in Arizona Public Schools Carries Dangerous First Amendment Implications

Increasing Police Accountability: Body Worn v. Smartphone Cameras

By: Dylan Reynolds Amid the flagrant calls for police reform spurred by the 2020 murder of George Floyd (among countless others) is a renewed effort by both advocates and lawmakers to require that police officers wear body cameras. Body cameras are seen as essential to police reform, transparency, and increasing officer accountability. However, it turns … Continue reading Increasing Police Accountability: Body Worn v. Smartphone Cameras

First Amendment Rights for the Undocumented: ICE Lawsuit Settled

By: Fallon Cochlin After a four-year court battle with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), activist Ravi Ragbir has entered into a settlement that grants him a three-year reprieve from deportation. In January 2018, The Intercept published a report that raised concerns about targeted government surveillance and enforcement of immigration rights activists. Ragbir was … Continue reading First Amendment Rights for the Undocumented: ICE Lawsuit Settled

Building Capacity to Protect Native Power: Lessons from Amber Ortega’s Fight

By: Priyal Thakkar On the morning of her arrest, Amber Ortega was praying with Nellie Jo David at Quitobaquito Springs, a sacred site where Hia C-ed O’odham families, like Ortega’s, lived before it was purchased by the National Park Service. “Quitobaquito is the reason for our survival,” she said.[1] “This place has a strong history … Continue reading Building Capacity to Protect Native Power: Lessons from Amber Ortega’s Fight