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The ACLU's 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." It works through litigation, legislation, and community education.
"The ACLU today is the nation's largest public interest law firm, with a 50-state network of staffed, autonomous affiliate offices." "About 100 ACLU staff attorneys collaborate with about 2,000 volunteer attorneys in handling close to 6,000 cases annually."
- President: Susan N. Herman
- Executive Director: Anthony D. Romero
- Deputy Executive Director: Dorothy Ehrlich
- Director of Washington Legislative Office: Laura Murphy
- Director of Affiliate Support and Advocacy: Geri Rozanski
- Legal Director: Steven Shapiro
- Communications Director: Emily Tynes
- Chief Development Officer: Mark Wier
- General Counsel: Terence Dougherty
Rights of primary concern
- First Amendment rights
- Equal protection under the law
- Right to due process
- Right to privacy
- Opposed California Proposition 14, Top Two Primaries Act (June 2010)
- Supported California Proposition 19, the Marijuana Legalization Initiative (2010)
Role in ballot initiatives
The ACLU plays a role in ballot initiative campaigns in two primary ways:
- In some states, local chapters of the ACLU endorse or oppose specific ballot initiatives. Examples include California Proposition 21 (2000).
- The ACLU donated $61,562.50 to help fund Washington Initiative 1000 (2008).
- In some states, at times, the ACLU lends support to litigation efforts in support of initiative rights. Examples include ACLU v. Lomax.
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