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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is the nation’s guardian of liberty. A private, voluntary, nonpartisan organization, it works daily in the courts, in legislatures, and in communities to defend and preserve our country’s basic civic values--the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all by the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
The ACLU of Massachusetts, with over 20,000 supporters across the Commonwealth, is a state affiliate of the national ACLU. We defend the principles enshrined in the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights as well as the U.S. Constitution.
We protect your civil liberties: your rights as an individual to freedom of speech, association and assembly, and to religious liberty. We protect the freedom of the press. We work to ensure that you have the right to equal treatment under the law and the right to due process, and that you are free from unwarranted government intrusion into your private life.
We also fight discrimination and uphold your civil rights. We are here for everyone, working to ensure that all people in the Commonwealth are treated with equality and fairness. We’ve learned from history that if the rights of society’s most vulnerable members are denied, everyone’s rights are imperiled.