The ACLU has received a lot of attention for its lawsuit that successfully derailed part of the administration’s immigrant plan. Before Trump was even confirmed the ACLU had made headlines with its pledge to take on Trump beginning day one. It followed through with that pledge by filing a Freedom of Information Act request to get access to documents that could show Trump’s conflicts of interest.
With all the attention it receives for national issues, it’s easy to forget about the ACLU’s long history of holding local governments and their institutions accountable. The ACLU of North Carolina is North Carolina’s state affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU-NC Legal Foundation is the 501(c)(3) arm of the ACLU-NC that coordinates and carries out its legal and educational work around civil liberties issues.
In the past few months the ACLU has successfully challenged restrictive voting laws in North Carolina, represented a Charlotte teacher that was fired for announcing his marriage to a same-sex partner, put the spotlight on law enforcement shootings, and filed a brief to protect transgender people harmed by HB2.
The North Carolina affiliate of the ACLU was founded in 1965, is based in Raleigh, and has grown to approximately 10,000 members and supporters statewide. It’s mission is to preserve and defend the guarantees of individual liberty found in the North Carolina Constitution and the US Constitution, with particular emphasis on freedom of speech, freedom of association, freedom of religion, equal protection under law for all people, the right to privacy, the right to due process of law, and the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure.