The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was founded in 1920 and is our nation's guardian of liberty. The ACLU works in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
Here are just a few of the ACLU's civil rights victories from the last nine decades:
The Fight for Freedom to Marry in 2015:
In 2015, after decades of effort, the ACLU won a landmark Supreme Court victory which made the freedom to marry the law of the land. This remarkable breakthrough came two years after our victory in Windsor v. United States, which set the stage for a string of state-by-state victories that paved the way for winning the freedom to marry nationwide.
Standing Up for Voting Rights in 2014:
The ACLU went to court and successfully overturned extreme Voter ID laws in Pennsylvania and Arkansas — part of the ACLU’s ongoing drive to protect vulnerable voters from voter suppression efforts targeted at people of color, the poor, the elderly and students.
Defending Reproductive Rights, 2011-2015:
The ACLU is a nationwide leader in fighting back against ongoing and persistent attacks on reproductive rights. As the only pro-choice organization with lawyers and advocates on the ground in all 50 states, the ACLU works to ensure access to birth control and abortion for women who often have nowhere else to turn.
Protecting the Right to Privacy in 2009:
In Safford Unified School District v. Redding, the court ruled that school officials violated the constitutional rights of a 13-year-old Arizona girl, when they strip-searched her based on a classmate's uncorroborated accusation.
Keeping America Safe and Free 2001 to present:
Since 9/11, the ACLU has been vigorously opposing policies that sacrifice liberty in the name of national security. In 2015, our legal and legislative work helped push passage of the USA Freedom Act, a beginning step towards real reform and the first time since 1978 that Congress has acted to restrict — rather than expand — the government’s surveillance authority.
Desegregating America's schools through Brown v. Board of Education in 1954:
The ACLU shared a major victory with the NAACP when the Supreme Court declared that racially segregated schools were in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Fighting the Internment of Japanese Americans in 1942:
The ACLU stood almost alone in denouncing the federal government's internment of more than 110,000 Japanese Americans in concentration camps during WWII.
"ACLU has done amazing work in their fight to defend civil liberties that should be available to all, regardless of individual opinion. Having immigrated from a country where censorship was heavily implemented, I am grateful for the basic rights that I have here, as well as the protection of those rights. This is an organization that we need to support now more than ever, to combat unjust interference and help give voices to people who need to be heard."
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