What is the ACLU?

The ACLU was founded in 1919 to protect the rights granted by the Bill of Rights and guarantee that everyone--regardless of race, gender, religion, sexuality or creed--is given equal justice under the law. The national organization works through lobbying Congress to pass legislation that is respectful of our civil liberties, and through litigating in the courts when rights have been breached. As Duke's chapter of the ACLU, we strive to inform students about their civil rights and any pertinent issues at the local, state and national level. When we come across an issue where we can take action--whether through letter-writing campaigns, publicity events or talking with the administration--we gladly accept the challenge. We hope that you will join us in our efforts to protect our constitutional rights.