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Jump to Skip. today. We stand on principle. Every day, we act on the principle that no one — including the President — is above the law. In America, no one is above the law.


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With more than 4 million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D. Activists languished in jail for distributing anti-war literature. State-sanctioned violence against African-Americans was routine. Women won the right to vote only in August of that year.

And constitutional rights for LGBT people were unthinkable. The ACLU was founded to ensure the promise of the Bill of Rights and to expand its reach to people historically denied its protections.

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In our first year, we fought the harassment and deportation of immigrants whose activism put them at odds with the authorities. Inwe won in the Supreme Court the right for unions to organize.

And at times in our history when frightened civilians have been willing to give up some of their freedoms and rights in the name of national security, the ACLU has been the bulwark for liberty. We do not defend them because we agree with them. Rather we defend their right to free expression and free assembly. Historically, the people whose opinions are the most controversial or extreme are the people whose rights are most often threatened.

We have grown from a roomful of civil libertarians to more than 4 million members, activists, and supporters across the country. The ACLU is now a nationwide organization with a state network of staffed affiliate offices filing cases in both state and federal courts. We appear before the Supreme Court more than any other organization except the Department of Justice.

In addition, we work to change policy as well as hearts and minds. Our Washington Legislative Office lobbies Congress to pass bills that advance or defend civil liberties and defeat those that do not, our affiliates work in state houses across the country to do the same, and we use strategic communications to engage supporters on the most pressing civil liberties issues of our time. Politics and public opinion matter too.

The ACLU is nonprofit and nonpartisan. We do not receive any government funding.


Member dues as well as contributions and grants from private foundations and individuals pay for the work we do. About the ACLU. Facebook Twitter Reddit Print. Why People Give 1.

The ACLU stands on principle. The ACLU protects the personal liberties we all cherish.

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Sadly, that is no longer the case.


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The Bill of Rights would only be well-meaning promises if people did not fight to protect it.