History

How the ACLU Works: 50-State Network

The ACLU is a 50-state network of staffed affiliate offices in most major cities, more than 300 chapters in smaller towns, and regional offices in Denver and Atlanta. Work is coordinated by a national office in New... Read More

Founding of the ACLU: 1920s

When Roger Baldwin founded the ACLU in 1920, civil liberties were in a sorry state. Citizens were sitting in jail for holding antiwar views. U.S. Attorney General Palmer was conducting raids upon aliens suspected of... Read More

Advocate for Individual Rights: Litigation, Legislation and Education

The American Civil Liberties Union 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... Read More

History

1960 Flashback 40th Anniversary Issue of ACLU’S Civil Liberties Newsletter

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... Read More

History

On A.L. Wirin – One of Our Legends

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. ... Read More