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Free Speech

Free Speech

The ACLU protects freedom of speech, assembly, association, petition, and press, including when we vehemently disagree with the message.

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Children’s Rights

Children’s Rights

The ACLU fights to redress the harmful and unconstitutional effects of broken government systems on vulnerable Illinois youth.

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Reproductive Rights

Reproductive Rights

We fight to secure the basic human right to bodily autonomy and access to the full range of reproductive health care for all.

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Racial Justice

Racial Justice

The ACLU works to ensure equal opportunity, without regard to race, and opposes government and private sector discrimination.

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Religious Liberty

Religious Liberty

The ACLU protects the free exercise of religion, and opposes government endorsement of and aid to religion.

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LGBT Rights

LGBT Rights

The ACLU fights for an Illinois free from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Government Surveillance

Government Surveillance

The ACLU protects people from unreasonable government surveillance.

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Criminal Justice Reform

Criminal Justice Reform

The ACLU protects the rights of people accused of crimes, who must be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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National Security

National Security

The ACLU opposes federal, state, and local programs that, in the name of national security, invade civil liberties.

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Death Penalty Abolition

Death Penalty Abolition

We oppose the broken death penalty system & support making permanent the moratorium on executions in Illinois.

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Immigration

Immigration

The ACLU works to ensure that non-citizens enjoy our Constitution’s fundamental guarantees of due process and equal protection.

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Open Government

Open Government

The ACLU uses the Illinois Freedom of Information Act to gather information about whether government is violating our civil liberties.

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Police Oversight

Police Oversight

The ACLU protects civilians from unlawful searches and detentions, and targeting on the basis of race, ethnicity, or political belief.

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Privacy

Privacy

The ACLU protects our personal privacy from government use of cutting-edge technologies to build a surveillance society.

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Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The ACLU fights to ensure that everyone, regardless of their abilities or disabilities, has the right to privacy and bodily integrity.

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Rights of Persons with HIV/AIDS

Rights of Persons with HIV/AIDS

Fighting to end discrimination against people in Illinois with HIV/AIDS.

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Voting Rights

Voting Rights

The ACLU protects the right to vote, which undergirds all of our other rights.

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Women’s Rights

Women’s Rights

The ACLU works to systematically end sex discrimination and ensure that all women and girls are able to lead lives of dignity.

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