The Work of The
American Civil Liberties Union
The ACLU fights government abuse and to vigorously defend individual freedoms including speech and religion, a woman’s right to choose, the right to due process, citizens’ rights to privacy and much more
History of the ACLU
After the War people were scared that the Communist Revolution in Russia would come to America
Small group of people banded together to spark change in response to Palmer Raids
Founded right after World War I
The organization has grown immensely
The ACLU now has over 1.5 Million members with over 400 staffed/volunteer attorney and they continue to fight for civil and basic human rights to this day, in more than one way.
DEFINE AMERICAN MSOE
Different Media Used
NYC Media Team
- The ACLU is active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
- On Twitter and Facebook, they post tons of articles about different cases, significant political events that affect civil liberties as well as resources/ links to different newspapers
- Instagram focuses more on colorful/stimulation images
- They provide extensive resources, whether the user wants to do in depth research or just light reading.
- They have countless court case studies that they have taken on as well as reports, articles, and blogs on dozens of civil liberties issues that we face in this country.
- .They also have information about local chapters and the events and resources that they provide in a smaller scale.
Affiliate Chapters Program
Youth Social Justice Forum
The ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation sponsors event to teach high school students to exercise, protect, and celebrate their civil rights and liberties.
The event is free to participating high schools. The Youth Social Justice Forum will use hands-on workshops, realistic role-play activities and issues from the news to teach students about their rights.
Know Your Rights Training, ACLU Wisconsin held public workshops and training sessions that go further in depth about knowing defending rights against unjust law enforcement.
The ACLU of Wisconsin is also involved in some campaigns such as ”Racial Justice Through Marijuana Decriminalization”, “Let Me Vote”, and “We Pledge to fight”, in which they have lawsuits seeking justice in these three areas, and they provide a brief history of the issue and state the ACLU position on said issue.
- Family of six visiting relatives
- American citizens
- Unjustly detained at the border for 10+ hours
- Husband placed on terrorism watch list
- Son with phone abused
- Husband questioned
- This case was now just one victim
- In 2012, Obama signed memo approving DACA
- Around that time Arizona Governor Jan Brewer passed an order that denied driver’s licenses to a specific class of immigrant youth
- Despite their being authorized to live and work in the United States.
ARIZONA DREAM ACT COALITION
The ACLU takes on the cases that nobody else wants
Chapter program centered around college campuses
Focused on education through storytelling
Founded in 21st century
Does not take on legal cases
Chapter program more consistent, in every state
Focused more a wider range of things
Take on legal cases as well as all civil liberties cases
-Very active on social media
-Nationwide non-profit organizations
-Advocate for immigrants' rights
-Have chapter program
-Strong central mission
Overall, this research experience has been extremely beneficial for not only me as a student, but also the Define American chapter here at MSOE.
More active social media pages
More community involvement
Possibly a chapter website
As a new group there are a lot of things to improve on, but it has been very helpful to research a successful organization's tactics.
1. The American Civil Liberties Union website:
2. ACLU-Wisconsin Website: