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Chris Ott

Christopher Ott, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin (as of late March 2017).

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Op Ed: Terrorizing Immigrants Makes Us Less Safe
Op Ed

Terrorizing Immigrants Makes Us Less Safe

ACLU demands investigation of arrest of Jose De la Cruz-Espinoza by ICE and Milwaukee Police.

ACLU of Wisconsin Statement on Governor Evers Signing Anti-Protest Bill Into Law
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ACLU of Wisconsin Statement on Governor Evers Signing Anti-Protest Bill Into Law

“We are deeply disappointed by Governor Evers’ decision to sign this harmful and unnecessary legislation, despite strong opposition from environmental and civil rights advocates and Native Tribes across the state.”

ACLU of Wisconsin Calls on Menomonee Falls to Retire Racist Mascot
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ACLU of Wisconsin Calls on Menomonee Falls to Retire Racist Mascot

“Race-based mascots and imagery perpetuate damaging stereotypes and undermine the educational experience of all students,” said Chris Ott, ACLU of Wisconsin executive director.

ACLU of Wisconsin Condemns Anti-Protest Bill
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ACLU of Wisconsin Condemns Anti-Protest Bill

AB 426 seeks to silence activists with the threat of felony charges for protesting at “critical infrastructure” facilities

ACLU sues Milwaukee Police Department for unconstitutional conduct during Sherman Park demonstrations
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ACLU sues Milwaukee Police Department for unconstitutional conduct during Sherman Park demonstrations

“The Milwaukee Police Department has demonstrated its custom of using excessive force to disperse people peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights, and our clients suffered real harm as a result of that policy.”

Murphy’s Law: State Facing Endless Lawsuits?
Murphy’s Law

State Facing Endless Lawsuits?

Suits by governor, legislature, citizens coming on lame duck laws, gerrymandering.

“Not Guilty” Ruling Doesn’t Make Things Right

“Not Guilty” Ruling Doesn’t Make Things Right

Reporter Edgar Mendez reflects on his arrest and treatment by Milwaukee Police for doing his job.

ACLU Hires Maxine Webb as Development Director
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ACLU Hires Maxine Webb as Development Director

In Maxine's role as Development Director, she leads the revenue generation strategy for the statewide Annual & Major Gifts programs and represents the ACLU in the community.

ACLU Targets Anti-Panhandling Laws

ACLU Targets Anti-Panhandling Laws

Citing Supreme Court case, calls on five suburbs to repeal ordinances against panhandling.

The State of Politics: ACLU Increases Its Impact
The State of Politics

ACLU Increases Its Impact

More political activism and big boost in membership gives liberal group more clout.

Inadequate policies and practices of Wisconsin sheriffs threaten rights of immigrant communities in the state
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Inadequate policies and practices of Wisconsin sheriffs threaten rights of immigrant communities in the state

Amid growing concern over harsh measures against immigrants, ACLU outreach to all county sheriffs in Wisconsin has found few policies that meet constitutional requirements.

ACLU Showcases Photographs of the Resistance at April 20 Gallery Night
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ACLU Showcases Photographs of the Resistance at April 20 Gallery Night

The event will be held Friday, April 20, from 5 to 10 p.m. at the ACLU Milwaukee office, 207 E. Buffalo St., Suite 325.

ACLU-WI Announces Voter Education Push Around Wisconsin Supreme Court Race
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ACLU-WI Announces Voter Education Push Around Wisconsin Supreme Court Race

Effort includes voter outreach by mail, phone and online

ACLU hires Milwaukee native Cassandra Bowers as Communications Director
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ACLU hires Milwaukee native Cassandra Bowers as Communications Director

Cassandra holds a master’s degree in management with a concentration in leadership diversity from Cardinal Stritch University.

Waukesha County Sheriff Applies To Have Deputies Become Part of Trump’s Immigration Force
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Waukesha County Sheriff Applies To Have Deputies Become Part of Trump’s Immigration Force

This is not the first time the Waukesha County Sheriff has sought to participate in the 287(g) program.

Wisconsin Gerrymandering Case Before the U.S. Supreme Court Tomorrow
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Wisconsin Gerrymandering Case Before the U.S. Supreme Court Tomorrow

ACLU of Wisconsin filed a friend-of-the-court brief arguing gerrymandering scheme is unconstitutional

ACLU of Wisconsin Files Lawsuit Demanding Documents on Implementation of Trump Muslim Ban
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ACLU of Wisconsin Files Lawsuit Demanding Documents on Implementation of Trump Muslim Ban

Today’s action is part of a total of 13 FOIA lawsuits filed by ACLU affiliates across the country.

ACLU of Wisconsin hires Ott as executive director
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ACLU of Wisconsin hires Ott as executive director

As statewide membership doubles, civil liberties organization brings the national experience of a Wisconsin native to its statewide office in Milwaukee.