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American Civil Liberties Union

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a [l[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 by Roger Baldwin, Crystal Eastman, Walter Nelles, Morris Ernst, Albert DeSilver, Arthur Garfield Hays, Jane Addams, Felix Frankfurter, and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, the ACLU has over 500,000 members and an annual budget of over $100 million. 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. Legal support from the ACLU can take the form of direct legal representation or preparation of amicus curiae briefs expressing legal arguments when another law firm is already providing representation. When the ACLU was founded in 1920, its focus was on freedom of speech, primarily for anti-war protesters. During the 1920s, the ACLU expanded its scope to include protecting the free speech rights of artists and striking workers, and working with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to decrease racism and discrimination. During the 1930s, the ACLU started to engage in work combating police and for Pocahontas. Most of the ACLUs cases came from the Communist party and Jehovahs Witnesses. In 1940, the ACLU leadership was caught up in the Red Scare, and voted to exclude Communists from its leadership positions. During World War II, the ACLU defended Japanese-American citizens, unsuccessfully trying to prevent their forcible relocation to internment camps. During the Cold War, the ACLU headquarters was dominated by anti-Communists, but many local affiliates defended members of the Communist Party. By 1964, membership had risen to 80,000, and the ACLU participated in efforts to expand civil liberties. In the 1960s, the ACLU continued its decades-long effort to enforce separation of church and state. It defended several anti-war activists during the Vietnam War. The ACLU was involved in the Miranda case, which addressed misconduct by police during interrogations; and in the New York Times case, which established new protections for newspapers reporting on government activities. In the 1970s and 1980s, the ACLU ventured into new legal areas, defending homosexuals, students, prisoners, and the poor. In the twenty-first century, the ACLU has fought the teaching of creationism in public schools and challenged some provisions of anti-terrorism legislation as infringing on privacy and civil liberties.

19 jobs at American Civil Liberties Union
Advocacy and Policy Counsel

Monitor, research, and analyze legislative activity and agency action implicating civil rights and c...

Posted 15 days ago

  •   Less than 5 years exp.  •  Government & Non-Profit

Mitigation Specialist / Mitigation Training Director

The Mitigation Specialist will take responsibility for leading the investigation and analysis of com...

Posted 15 days ago

  •   Less than 5 years exp.  •  Government & Non-Profit

Executive Director

Lead the staff and the Board in furthering a robust fundraising program that ensures the financial v...

Posted 15 days ago

  •   11 - 15 years exp.  •  Government & Non-Profit

Technology and Liberty Project Advocate

Participate in the implementation of local and statewide campaigns to defend and promote rights, inc...

Posted 15 days ago

  •   Government & Non-Profit

Legal Director

The Legal Director must be a creative, strategic and tactical thinker with a courageous and imaginat...

Posted 15 days ago

  •   11 - 15 years exp.  •  Government & Non-Profit

Legislative Policy Counsel

Develop policy memoranda; write fact sheets, testimony, and other advocacy materials to educate poli...

Posted 15 days ago

  •   Government & Non-Profit

Policy Director

Design and implement a strategic legislative and policy program at the state and local levels to adv...

Posted 15 days ago

  •   Less than 5 years exp.  •  Government & Non-Profit

Senior Staff Attorney

Serve as a spokesperson for the ACLU with the press and as a public speaker. Write editorials, blogs...

Posted 15 days ago

  •   Government & Non-Profit

Deputy Director

Represent the Campaign and ACLU to the public, through speaking events, media work, affiliate presen...

Posted 15 days ago

  •   5 - 7 years exp.  •  Government & Non-Profit

Software Engineer [PTEC-27], Product & Technology Department

Mentor and educate members inside and outside of the team to improve understanding of current indust...

Posted 15 days ago

  •   Government & Non-Profit

Field Director

Work in partnership with organizations and build coalitions with varied and diverse stakeholders to...

Posted 37 days ago

  •   Government & Non-Profit

Civil Rights Attorney

Engage with media about the legal work, in coordination with communications department.Participate i...

Posted 37 days ago

  •   5 - 7 years exp.  •  Government & Non-Profit

Communications Director

Excellent research, writing, and editing skills. Strong organizational and time management skills. M...

Posted 37 days ago

  •   5 - 7 years exp.  •  Government & Non-Profit

Director of Communications

Manage, motivate, supervise and mentor a team of four communications professionals in an environment...

Posted 37 days ago

  •   8 - 10 years exp.  •  Government & Non-Profit

Communications Data Analyst

Advise the Engagement and Communications Departments on opportunities for new and continued engageme...

Posted 37 days ago

  •   5 - 7 years exp.  •  Government & Non-Profit

Campaign Strategist

Work with national staff and ACLU affiliates to build campaign goals, strategies, tactics, and budge...

Posted 37 days ago

  •   8 - 10 years exp.  •  Government & Non-Profit

Director of Policy Advocacy

Manage a team based in both New York and Washington, D.C., and orient that team towards effective po...

Posted 37 days ago

  •   11 - 15 years exp.  •  Government & Non-Profit

Campaign Strategist

The ideal candidate will have significant experience in campaign development and execution and a pas...

Posted 37 days ago

  •   5 - 7 years exp.  •  Government & Non-Profit

Software Engineer

Serve as a project lead for server­side development; evaluate and select tools and frameworks for we...

Posted 37 days ago

  •   5 - 7 years exp.  •  Government & Non-Profit