The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was founded in 1920 by a small group of people in response to the concerns and overreactions of people following the communist revolution in Russia. The ACLU evolved over the years in to one of the nation’s foremost defenders of the Bill of Rights. The ACLU has taken on issues from freedom of religion and speech to due process rights and the right to chose. The ACLU will often take on causes that are unpopular in order to protect the bigger picture.
Landmark issues involving the ACLU
The ACLU was involved in the Scopes Trial of 1925 which involved fighting a law in Tennessee that prohibited the teaching of evolution in schools. This trial made national headlines and helped persuade the general public of the importance of academic freedom.
After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt ordered all people of Japanese descent, most of whom were American citizens, sent to war relocation camps. The ACLU was alone in speaking out against these camps.
The ACLU and the NAACP joined together to challenge segregated schools. Brown v Board of Education ended the era of “separate but equal” and was a major victory for racial justice.
Throughout the 1970’s and straight through till today, the ACLU has been part of Roe v Wade and other decisions that involve privacy rights.
One of the most notable cases the ACLU was involved in occurred in 1978 when it defended a Nazi group that wanted to march in Skokie, Illinois, where many Holocaust survivors lived. The ACLU stepped in to assure that constitutional rights must apply to even unpopular groups if they are going to apply to everyone.
The ACLU was involved in opposing the Patriot Act for the reason that it felt the sacrifice of fundamental freedoms in the name of national security was unacceptable.
The ACLU continues to work for the causes of people that are not always able to fight for themselves for a variety of reasons.
ACLU does not always deal with popular causes, but it always deal with important ones.
The ACLU is one of the nation’s largest public interest law firms, with a 50 state network of offices and volunteers. The ACLU has appeared before the United States Supreme Court more times than any other organization except the United States Department of Justice.
Michigan Criminal Defense Attorneys and protection of constitutional rights
It is important that organizations such as the ACLU exist. It is also important that there are attorneys that have the passion and drive to continue the work of the ACLU on a private level. The attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. are passionate about protecting the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. We are not afraid to take on unpopular causes in order to protect everyone’s rights. Please call the attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. at (248) 263-6800 or complete a Request for Assistance Form
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