The ACLU is our nation’s guardian of
liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and
preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of
the United States guarantee everyone in this country.
These rights include:
- Your First Amendment rights – freedom of speech, association and
assembly; freedom of the press, and freedom of religion.
- Your right to equal protection under the law –
protection against unlawful discrimination.
- Your right to due process – fair treatment by
the government whenever the loss of your liberty or property is at stake.
- Your right to privacy – freedom from unwarranted
government intrusion into your personal and private affairs.
The ACLU also works to extend rights to
segments of our population that have traditionally been denied their rights,
including people of color; women; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender
people; prisoners; and people with disabilities.
If the rights of society’s most
vulnerable members are denied, everybody’s rights are imperiled.
Three things you should know about the ACLU
We're for traditional American values. In many ways, the ACLU is the nation's most conservative organization. Our job is to conserve America's original civic values -- the Constitution and the Bill of Rights -- and defend the rights of every man, woman, and child in this country.
We're not anti-anything. The only things we fight are attempts to take away or limit your civil liberties, like your right to practice any religion you want (or none at all). Or to speak out -- for or against -- anything at all. Or to be treated with equality and fairness, no matter who you are.
We're there for you. Rich or poor, straight or gay, black or white or brown, urban or rural, pious or atheist, American-born or foreign-born, able-bodied or living with a disability. Every person in this country should have the same basic rights. Since our founding, we've been working hard to make sure no one takes them away.
If you have ideas of new initiatives
you would like us to pursue or experiences from other campuses that you think
would benefit W&M, please let us know. If there is an issue you are
passionate about, this is your way to get involved.
Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
President: Amanda Hutchison
Vice President: Archie Hogan
Treasurer: Erika Friedlander
Secretary: Melissa Charnes
Public Relations Chair: Amelia Vance
You can be a member of the National
long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their
rights, we’ll be called a democracy.” – ACLU Founder Roger Baldwin