Founded in 1926, the American Civil Liberties Union is the largest national voluntary organization committed to the protection and defense of all persons’ Constitutionally guaranteed rights. The three main functions of the ACLU are educating, lobbying, and litigating. The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that guards the freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution and strives to make government abide by our founding principles. Advocacy is in the areas of racial justice, religious liberty, freedom of expression, the rights of children and people with disabilities, criminal justice system reform, police practices reform, fairness for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender individuals, and reproductive justice. (from website)
The Central Illinois Chapter’s mission is to support and promote the protection of civil liberties in McLean, De Witt, and Livingston Counties of the State of Illinois. The chapter meets monthly and supports speakers and programs on a variety of pertinent issues.