American Civil Liberties Union Research Paper

Length: 4 pages Sources: 5 Subject: Criminal Justice Type: Research Paper Paper: #36076109 Related Topics: American Corrections, Excessive Force, American Civil War, Police Misconduct
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American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

The civil liberties that majority of Americans enjoy today were fought for through tough conditions and in several occasions people got detained and even killed defending the basic civil rights that need to be availed to each American on equal basis. The early 1920 saw the increase in the civil rights movements that wanted the democratic space within the country expanded and guaranteed more than it was at that moment in time.

ACLU was founded in 1920 with the headquarters in New York though there are affiliate offices across several other states in the U.S. (American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, 2014). ACLU is regarded as the nation's guardian of liberty with the mission to work on a daily basis within the communities, the courts as well as the legislatures to ensure that the individual rights of each American, as provided for in the constitution and the laws of America, are protected and guaranteed to them.

The founder of ACLU left one of the most inspiring phrases that has kept most of the defenders of freedom and democracy in the right focus and optimistic in their work. Roger Baldwin said that "So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy." And this has extensively helped shape the belief of many, not just those working with ACLU, that it is possible to enjoy the rights and also protect the rights of another person and hence have a fully democratic society (American Civil Liberties Union, 2014). This protection of freedom is the central aspect to ACLU since freedom cannot protect itself.

Among the rights that ACLU considers central and focus on extensively...

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This includes the freedom of the press as well as the freedom of religion. The other right that is central to this union is the right to equal protection under the law and this includes the protection against discrimmination in America. Another right is that of getting due process, which means receiving fair treatment from the state when the loss of the property or liberty of an individual is at stake. The last on in this context is the right to privacy which guarantees each individual the freedom from government instriusions that may be unwaranted, into the personal affairs of the individual.

Therefore, ACLU has the sole purpose of ensuring that these above mentioned civil rights of each American are not infringed upon by the state and its other agencies. ACLU often delves into casesthat have attracted large public concerns and tries to work with the victims in pursuit of justice. It also represents societies, associations and communities when it comes to cases of possible violations of the rights of these members of the groupings mentioned. ALCU also undertakes independent projects like investigations or researching into contemporary issues that might be deemed to be infringing on the rights of the individual citizens and there after giving their stand and positiotion concerning the matter.

One such an example that ACLU has extensively worked on and conducted significant research is the issue of continued militarization of the police and the effect it has on the society in terms of the perpetuation of the abuse of civil rights of individuals and families in the U.S. This research looked at the changing…

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American Civil Liberties Union, (2014). About the ACLU. https://www.aclu.org/about-aclu-0

American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, (2014). About the ACLU of Indiana. http://www.aclu-in.org/images/About/2014-7-10_About_the_ACLU_of_Indiana.pdf

ACLU, (2014). War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing. New York: ACLU Foundation.


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