The nation's foremost defender of civil liberties. Defends constitutional rights. Upholds free speech, religious liberty, equality, privacy, due process. Protects minorities, women, immigrants, the poor.
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU)
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Principled and nonpartisan, the ACLU has offices in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., and brings together the country’s largest team of public interest lawyers, lobbyists, communication strategists, and members and activists to advance equality, fairness, and freedom, especially for the most vulnerable in our society.
Combining litigation with public education, media outreach, advocacy, and lobbying, the ACLU works at the local, state, and federal levels to effect change in the courts and legislatures, as well as in the court of public opinion. The ACLU tackles a vast array of issues, including national security and human rights; free speech; reproductive freedom; women’s rights; separation of church and state; racial justice; equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people; voting rights; immigrants’ rights; criminal justice reform; and ending the death penalty. The ACLU has participated in more cases at the U.S. Supreme Court than any other nongovernmental organization.
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