The American Civil Liberties Union is the nation’s premier guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
It is the nation’s largest public- interest law firm, with a staff of more than 500 people, and affiliated offices covering the 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. It handles thousands of cases annually in collaboration with more than 2,000 volunteer lawyers nationwide, and appears before the U.S. Supreme Court more than any other organization except for the U.S. Department of Justice.
Since the ACLU’s founding in 1920, most of its clients have been ordinary people who have experienced an injustice and have decided to fight back, but the organization is perhaps best known for high-profile, precedent-setting cases that have strengthened American freedoms.
These have ranged from the 1925 Scopes case, in which Clarence Darrow defended a biology teacher who had violated a Tennessee ban on the teaching of evolution, to challenges of Japanese-American internments during World War II and, more recently, of Internet censorship laws that threatened freedom of speech. Nonpartisan and nonprofit, the ACLU is headquartered in New York, with a legislative office in Washington. It is supported by annual dues and contributions from its nearly 300,000 members, plus grants from private foundations and individuals, and receives no government funding.
If you believe your civil liberties have been violated, check phone listings for your nearest ACLU affiliate or visit the ACLU’s Web site at www.aclu.org.
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