American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia
Contact: [email protected]
The ACLU is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. These rights include: Your First Amendment rights - freedom of speech, association and assembly; freedom of the press, and freedom of religion. Your right to equal protection under the law - protection against unlawful discrimination. Your right to due process - fair treatment by the government whenever the loss of your liberty or property is at stake. Your right to privacy - freedom from unwarranted government intrusion into your personal and private affairs. The ACLU also works to extend rights to segments of our population that have traditionally been denied their rights, including people of color; women; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people; prisoners; and people with disabilities. While the ACLU affiliate in West Virginia was founded in 1971, the ACLU has had a presence in West Virginia since 1920, the year the national organization was founded. It was at that time the state tried to prevent miners from exercising their right to organize and bargain collectively by jailing them, and the ACLU sent lawyers to represent them.