Citizen participation is crucial to our democracy.
Increasingly harsh criminal justice policies over the last three decades have resulted in a system that thrives on over-criminalization, mass incarceration, and racial injustice.
Since 1920, the ACLU has recognized that reproductive freedom is one of our most essential constitutional liberties. We have been at the forefront of the fight to defend reproductive rights since 1973, when the U.S. Supreme Court recognized the right to choose in Roe v. Wade.
Since 1936 the ACLU has been a force for LGBT rights, and we are proud to keep that fight alive in Kansas. Even as the nation moves forward toward equality for all people, there are also some who seek to create unnecessary obstacles for people in the LGBT community.
In recent years, government sanctioned attacks on immigrants’ civil rights and liberties have increased in number and intensity. Immigrants face violence, discrimination, detention, and deportation, often without due process.
There is a reason the First Amendment comes first. It is the foundation for a country free from tyranny, and helps protect all of the other rights that are guaranteed to all people.
“When we say black lives matter, it’s not because others don’t. it’s simply because we have to affirm that we are worthy of existing without fear when so many things tell us we are not.”
– Clint Smith