About the ACLU
The ACLU is the nation's foremost advocate of individual rights -- litigating, legislating, and educating the public on a broad array of issues affecting individual freedom in the United States. The American Civil Liberties Union is a non-profit, nationwide membership organization dedicated to the defense of individual rights and liberties. The essential goals of the ACLU are embodied in the U.S. Bill of Rights which, in summary, provided for:
* Freedom of Speech and Press
* Freedom of Religion and Separation of Church and state
* Due Process of Law
* Equal Protection Under the Law
* Freedom from Cruel and Unusual Punishment
The ACLU is not a public defender like Legal Services or Legal Aid. It does not handle criminal cases or civil disputes or choose sides according to financial criteria. Nor does it take political sides; the ACLU is neither liberal nor conservative, Republican nor Democratic. It is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public interest organization devoted exclusively to protecting the basic civil liberties of all Americans, and extending them to groups that have traditionally been denied them. In its almost seven decades in existence, the ACLU has become a national institution, and is widely recognized as the country's foremost advocate of individual rights.