America’s foremost defender of civil rights and civil liberties, including free speech, voting rights, religious freedom, racial justice, immigrants’ rights, reproductive rights, and LGBTQ rights.
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU)
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Principled and nonpartisan, the ACLU has been the nation’s foremost defender of civil liberties for over 100 years. With offices in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., the ACLU brings together the country’s largest team of public interest lawyers, lobbyists, communication strategists - and our members and activists - to advance justice, equality, and freedom for all. This extensive network allows us to respond quickly and forcefully to civil liberties violations, wherever they may occur.
To do this, the ACLU combines litigation with grassroots organizing and mobilization, public education, and advocacy to protect and expand people’s rights at the local, state, and federal levels. The ACLU uses these strategies to advance a vast array of issues, including voting rights; racial justice; immigrants’ rights; the right to protest; free speech; reproductive freedom; women’s rights; separation of church and state; privacy rights; equality for LGBTQ people; criminal justice reform; and ending the death penalty. Our staff’s considerable expertise on these issues, along with the zeal of our member and volunteer bases, are indispensable tools in our arsenal.
In just the past year, the ACLU and its network of affiliates rose to meet the civil liberties challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, protests against police brutality, and threats by elected officials to the very legitimacy of our democracy. The urgency of these, and many other, issues has not abated, and the ACLU is prepared to challenge any further attack on our constitutional rights.