American Civil Liberties Union
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) describes itself as a nonpartisan, non-profit organization whose stated mission is "to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States." It works through litigation, lobbying, and community empowerment. Founded in 1920 the ACLU has over 500,000 members and has an annual budget of over $100 million. It has a staff of over 200 attorneys and 2000 voluntary attorneys. Local affiliates of the ACLU are active in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. The ACLU provides legal assistance in cases when it considers civil liberties to be at risk.
The organization has generally supported various politically correct or leftist positions, such as support of various minority groups such as immigrants, homosexuals, and Communists, as well as despite being opposed to infringement of civil liberties supporting coercive policies such as affirmative action.
Jewish influence has been stated to be high. See the "External links" section.
- FAQs. American Civil Liberties Union.