American Civil Liberties Union - ACLU

The American Civil Liberties Union is a non-profit organization incorporated in the United States for the purpose of providing legal advice and voluntary intervention in trials where civil liberties are deemed to have been compromised.

As a lobbying group, it also exerts pressure on the reform and adaptation processes of the law in favor of causes such as:

  • Religious freedom and the separation of church and state
  • Absolute freedom of speech and press
  • Reproductive rights and abortion access
  • Privacy protection in the technological juncture
  • Civil rights recognition for the LGBT+ community
  • Fight against racial segregation and promotion of affirmative action
  • Combating the abuse of force by the police and prosecution authorities
  • Drug use decriminalization, such as marijuana
  • Ensuring respect for the fundamental rights of immigrants;
  • and others.

 

Why did I choose them for the monthly donation?

Since its founding in 1920 after World War I, the ACLU has been dedicated to confronting society's actions, legislations, and convictions that limit civil liberties. In its words, "when fear outweighs rational debate, civil liberties paid the price”.

The "fear" to which they refer is related to the lack of knowledge of the other, of their motivations and their needs. The radicalization of the actions we take driven by fear does not allow us to understand how much we can affect the very essence of freedom with such actions, as well as the violation of human rights. By looking at "the other", we sometimes fail to recognize their humanity and thus their guarantees.

"The other" can be a political rival, a follower of another religion or ideology, a person of different appearance, physiology or preferences then ourselves. But it can also be an illegal immigrant, a person under criminal process or an imprisoned felon. In some cases, the vulnerability represented by emotions can interpose more strongly than in others to allow us to be aware that behind all of them there is a human being.

Sometimes the other has caused atrocities and has turned his own back on individual guarantees and human rights. The law must be righteous and respond appropriately to such cases; but at no time, whether by law, by authority, or by society, should one respond by repeating such lack of humanity.

It is under this focus and working in direct action with causes that seek equality and improved conditions for people of color, women, gay and transgender people, prisoners, immigrants, and people with disabilities that the ACLU operates. And that's why I chose them for Matrushka's monthly donation. Because today more than ever it is important to remember that we are all equal, we are all human.

More about the ACLU's history:
 https://www.aclu.org/about/aclu-history

 

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