Every month here at Wildwood & Sage I feature a different cause, or organization that makes the world a better place. My goal is to highlight the various ways you, dear readers & Wildthings, can get involved and make the world a kinder, greener, and more fair place for all it’s inhabitants. View previous causes of the month and other activism opportunities here.
Are you an American who enjoys the right to speak freely? To worship how you please (or not at all), and all of the other rights guaranteed you in the Constitution? Those rights don’t come free. This month’s cause of the month is the one who is protecting those rights. They are the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). This organization works hard to protect the rights of citizens, and prevent civil liberties from being eroded. They are also champions of citizens knowing their rights and have worked tirelessly to ensure that in these times of unrest, that every citizen knows their rights and that those rights are respected and protected.
The ACLU was founded in 1920. Initially it’s goal was to protect the freedom of speech rights of anti-war protestors, and later expanded to include artists and striking workers. From there they expanded even more to include work against racism and discrimination, fighting police misconduct, Native American rights, and more recently the separation of church and state (source). More recently, the ACLU has become the de-facto leader of the Resistance. The ACLU has mobilized to fight the Muslim Bans and has worked to ensure that all citizens know their rights.
What does the ACLU Do?
Simply put they fight for your constitutional rights. They fight with no regard for political affiliation, or with any agenda other than to protect the rights as they are outlined in the Constitution. They stand for our rights even when it’s unpopular, for no other reason than it is what’s right.
How can you get involved?
One way you can get involved is to donate to the ACLU. They also have resources to help you get involved and take immediate actions right now. You can also get breaking news and updates about causes that matter to you at the ACLU’s website or via their social media accounts.