Guide to Civil and Political Rights in California

What are “civil rights”?

When people talk about civil rights, individual rights, or political rights, this generally includes fundamental rights we have as individuals to participate in society as equals and to be treated with dignity.

More specifically, it includes concepts such as freedom of expression, free exercise of religion, voting rights, rights against law enforcement overreach, “innocent until proven guilty,” rights against unfair discrimination, among others.

Most civil rights laws are nationally applicable, so we have those at our Guide to Civil Rights in the U.S.

For California specific issues, see the following pages:

Further Resources

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