The American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama is freedom’s watchdog; we work in the courts, legislatures, and communities to defend the civil liberties and civil rights guaranteed to us by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
We are anchored in Alabama's history of oppression and progress. At our core, we believe in equity and justice in Alabama. Our organization's foundation and North Star is informed by our presence in the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement. The very space where community organizing changed this nation and crafted a more equitable & inclusive democracy.
We are focused on elevating the work of the ACLU statewide, being a trusted community partner, and emerging as leading experts in our core priority areas: Voting Rights, Gender Justice, and Criminal Legal Reform. The work is made possible through coalition-building and collaboration. We treat partners, clients, and the public with respect and dignity. Our communities are not voiceless; they are the ones with power.
Alongside the national ACLU, we also work on issues related to freedom of speech, freedom of religion, privacy, discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation or disability, police misconduct, censorship in schools or libraries, fairness in the application of school discipline, access to government documents, inhumane jail and prison conditions, and other issues of fair treatment by government.
We are a private, non-profit membership organization. The ACLU is neither a government agency nor a general legal services organization, and we normally do not provide emergency services. We have limited resources and staff and are unable to pursue every case that comes to our attention. To learn more about how we approach legal casework, visit here.