ACLU Safeguards Our Cherished Civil Rights

Editor, News-Register:

I am a card carrying member of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). I have been for three decades.

The American Civil Liberties Union is a nonpartisan and nonprofit 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.” The ACLU works through litigation and lobbying.

The ACLU is — by far — the greatest protector of our foundation freedoms guaranteed by our Constitutional Bill of Rights and the rule of law.

During its proud 100-year (founded in 1920) history, the ACLU has fought to:

– Guarantee free speech and press.

– End racism and discrimination.

– Assure the rights of native Americans.

– Defend against Japanese-Americans forcible relocation to internment camps.

– Enforce separation of church and state.

– Eliminate police misconduct.

– Prevent the teaching of creationism in public schools.

– Protect the rights of homosexuals, students, prisoners, and the poor.

Etc.

And on June 27, as a result of an ACLU lawsuit, a federal judge in San Diego has barred the separation of migrant children and ordered that those currently detained under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy be reunited with families within 30 days.

With institutions like the ACLU no autocrat like Donald Trump is going to get away with taking away our cherished civil liberties.

Bill Bryant

St. Clairsville

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