As an affiliate of the ACLU, we work in Alabama to fight for free speech, equal rights, and other civil liberties for every individual in the state. Why is it important to support an organization like the ACLU of Alabama? Watch this video to find out.

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>> Brock Boone (Staff Attorney): THE ACLU OF ALABAMA HAS BEEN HERE FOR 50 YEARS. AND WE HAVE BEEN A PART OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. THAT WAS BASICALLY HOW WE GOT STARTED IN THIS STATE. THE ACLU HAS A PROUD HISTORY OF PUSHING BACK AGAINST BIGOTRY WITH THE CONSTITUTION, WITH EQUAL PROTECTION, WITH DUE PROCESS. AND IT'S SEEN TO THIS DAY.

>> Randall Marshall {Executive Director): THE ACLU HAS BECOME NATIONWIDE REALLY THE LEADER OF THE RESISTANCE TO UNCONSTITUTIONAL POLICIES. BUT FOR THE ACLU STANDING UP, THINGS WOULD BE, I THINK A LOT WORSE THAN THEY ARE RIGHT NOW.

>> JaTaune Bosby (Development Director): IT'S IMPERATIVE TO SUPPORT AN ORGANIZATION LIKE THE ACLU BECAUSE WE'VE SEEN STATEWIDE AND NATIONALLY RESTRICTIVE POLICIES THAT ARE TARGETING PEOPLE BECAUSE OF RACE, GENDER, RELIGION. THE ACLU IS AN ORGANIZATION THAT'S ALWAYS UPHELD THE FOUNDATIONS OF WHAT THIS NATION WAS FOUNDED UPON, AND THAT LEVEL OF SUPPORT RIGHT NOW IS IMPORTANT AS WE BECOME THE LINCHPIN AND THE VOICE OF THE RESISTANCE.

>> Lucia Hermo (Public Advocacy Director): AND ALSO JUST LET PEOPLE KNOW WHAT THE ACLU IS DOING, WHAT THEIR RIGHTS ARE, HOW THEY CAN GET INVOLVED, AND STAND UP FOR THEIR RIGHTS IN TIMES WHEN THEY FEEL LIKE THEIR NOT BEING PROTECTED ESPECIALLY BY LOCAL OR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. AND JUST KIND OF PUSHING THE POWER INTO PEOPLE'S HANDS SO THAT THEY'RE ABLE TO STAND UP FOR THEIR RIGHTS, KNOW THEM, AND ADVOCATE FOR THEM.

>> Rebecca Seung-Bickley (Communications Manager): WHAT THE ACLU DOES IMPACTS EVERYONE. IF YOU'RE JUST ONE PERSON, YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE THE ABILITY TO GO OUT AND ORGANIZE OR PROTEST OR LOBBY OR ANY OF THOSE THINGS, BUT YOU CAN SUPPORT THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT DO, AND WE'RE ONE OF THEM.

>> Randall Marshall: AND SO I THINK THE ACLU HAS BEEN POISED IN THE TIME OF THE ROLLBACK OF A LOT OF CIVIL LIBERTIES AND A LOT OF CIVIL RIGHTS THAT HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED OVER THE YEARS TO CHALLENGE AND MEET THEM IN COURT IF THEY PERSIST ON GOING DOWN THE ROAD OF PASSING NEW UNCONSTITUTIONAL POLICIES.

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