“So 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
No matter who we are, what language we speak, where we come from, whom we love or what we believe in, the Constitution is for all of us. For nearly 100 years, the American Civil Liberties Union has been working to ensure the constitutional rights of all by combining litigation with public education, media outreach, advocacy and lobbying.
The ACLU tackles a vast array of issues, including voting rights; immigrants’ rights; equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people; racial justice; national security and human rights; reproductive freedom; women’s rights; religious freedom; criminal justice reform and education equity.
In Michigan, we worked with activists to break the story of the Flint Water Crisis and secure the replacement of lead pipes for Flint residents, fought back against the discriminatory Muslim ban, led the charge to secure national marriage equality, stopped the deportation of Iraqis and, in 2016, fought all the way to a unanimous victory in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of a Michigan girl with cerebral palsy whose school would not allow her a doctor-prescribed service dog. The ACLU is nonprofit and nonpartisan. And we never charge a fee for our services.
All this work requires time and resources. With offices in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Flint, we are supported by more than 40,000 card-carrying members in Michigan, grants from private foundations and dedicated volunteers, attorneys and activists.
We the people dare to create a more perfect union. Please join us.