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American Civil Liberties Union

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is the largest public interest law group in the United States. The ACLU has nearly 400,000 members and supporters and tries more than 6,000 court cases a year.

The ACLU claims it's goal is to protect American civil liberties as established in the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

The ACLU describes its mission as preserving the following protections and guarantees:

The ACLU also works to "extend rights to segments of our population that have traditionally been denied their rights, including Native Americans and other people of color; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgendered people; women; mental-health patients; prisoners; people with disabilities; and the poor."

The ACLU was founded in 1920 by Roger Baldwin, Crystal Eastman and Albert DeSilver to defend Anarchists, and Marxists in the wake of the Palmer raids which in turn were the result of Palmers house being bombed.

The October 2006 ACLU leadership was as follows:

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This page was last modified 05:02, 23 May 2009 by roger. Based on work by Ray Radlein and Arthur Smith and dKosopedia user(s) Magic1, DocRichards, Allamakee Democrat, Sipples and Aaron Gillies. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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