The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a civil rights organization that's been around for more than 100 years. It mainly works through litigious means to challenge inequality. Volunteers can take action in ways that take only a few minutes, like signing important petitions, or get more involved by joining call and text banks or organizing events in their communities.

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The American Civil Liberties Union, or the ACLU, began in the wake of World War I. The United States feared a Communist Revolution similar to what had occurred in Russia. Spurred by this fear, unlawful and unjust policies began to take form in what are known as the “Palmer Raids.” Attorney General Mitchell Palmer began the raids to “deport so-called radicals.” The abuse against civil liberties resulted in thousands of unlawful arrests, brutal treatment of innocent individuals, and a major civil liberties crisis in the United States. The ACLU was formed to take a stand.

Today, the group has over one million members and 500 staff attorneys that do work defending the Bill of Rights through education, court cases, and federal advocacy. The ACLU works on issues ranging from criminal law reform, disability rights, LGBTQ rights, reproduct...

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