Monthly Archives: January 2012

Bill of Rights: Amendments to the United States Constitution

Amendment 1 Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition…

The ACLU Mandate: What rights are guaranteed in the Bill of Rights?

The mission of the ACLU is to assure that the Bill of Rights – amendments to the Constitution that guard against unwarranted governmental control – is preserved for each new generation. To understand the ACLU’s purpose, it is important to…

Fighting for Free Expression: Censoring Others Leads to Others Censoring You

The ACLU fights for artistic freedom because we believe that the First Amendment is based on the belief that in a free and democratic society, individuals must be free to decide for themselves what to read, write, paint, draw, see…

1960 Flashback – 40th Anniversary Issue of ACLU’s Civil Liberties Newsletter: Looking Back at Looking Back

2010 is the ACLU’s 90th Anniversary. Here is how the organization looked at its 40th Anniverary in 1960. The Palmer Raids, The Scopes Case, Upton Sinclair, The Scottsboro Boys, and on and on. In fact, if you look carefully, you’ll…

On A.L. Wirin – One of Our Legends: Lawyer fought for rights of all, by Paul Weeks

Note: The following column by Paul Weeks was published several months before veteran newsman Weeks passed away at age 86. It is only one man’s view of legendary ACLU attorney A.L. Wirin, but it is compelling. Lawyer fought for all…