The American Civil Liberties Union- We're fighting for immigrants, racial justice, reproductive rights and more.

Posted by Stephanie Bates on

Stella&Asher Shop is proud to support The American Civil Liberties Union starting in September. We are pledging to donate 2% of sales at the end of the month to this amazing organization. 

I specifically chose this organization because I want to support their efforts in filing a federal lawsuit challenging a new Texas law banning abortion as early as six weeks in pregnancy, before many people know they are pregnant. If allowed to take effect, this law would effectively eliminate abortion access in the state and impose an unconstitutional ban on abortion.

Of course, this law won’t curb the need for abortion care. It will, however, make it much more difficult, costly, and dangerous to obtain one. If the law takes effect, many will not be able to overcome the obstacles to access care and will be forced to carry their pregnancies to term. And the people who will bear the brunt of the horrific effects of this law the most are our communities of color, our low-income communities, and our youth.


What is the ACLU?

The American Civil Liberties Union was founded in 1920 and is our nation's guardian of liberty. The ACLU works in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.


3 things to know about the ACLU

  • We protect American values. In many ways, the ACLU is the nation's most conservative organization. Our job is to conserve America's original civic values - the Constitution and the Bill of Rights - and defend the rights of every man, woman and child in this country.
  • We're not anti-anything. The only things we fight are attempts to take away or limit your civil liberties, like your right to practice any religion you want (or none at all); or to decide in private whether or not to have a child; or to speak out - for or against - anything at all; or to be treated with equality and fairness, no matter who you are.
  • We're there for you. Rich or poor, straight or gay, black or white or brown, urban or rural, pious or atheist, American-born or foreign-born, able-bodied or living with a disability. Every person in this country should have the same basic rights. And since our founding in 1920, we've been working hard to make sure no one takes them away.

Why support the ACLU?

  1. We stand on principle. The ACLU stands up for the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the rule of law — regardless of the repercussions.
  2. Every day, we act on the principle that no one – including the President – is above the law. In America, no one is above the law. The ACLU challenges abuses of power that undermine our democracy and holds those who break the law and violate the Constitution accountable.
  3. We've been defending freedom for nearly 100 years. Founded in 1920, the ACLU has been at the center of nearly every major civil liberties battle of the last 10 decades, and time after time, our work has played a defining role in protecting and advancing individual rights and the rule of law.
  4. We protect the personal freedoms you cherish. The ACLU protects every person's private decisions about what to believe and say, if and how to worship, who to love, and when and whether or not to have children.
  5. We take on politicians and government officials who ignore the Constitution and put liberty at risk. We don't answer to polls or the whims of the electorate. That's why ACLU legislative advocates and policy experts work tirelessly to change laws and government actions that violate the Constitution. We get out the facts, and when our freedoms are on the line, we mobilize grassroots support to protect our civil liberties.
  6. We've participated in more cases before the Supreme Court than any other private organization. From defending freedom of speech to protecting reproductive freedom to expanding equal protection under the law, the ACLU has been involved in one landmark Supreme Court case after another.
  7. We defend freedom every day all across America in every state. Through our ACLU affiliates in all 50 states, the ACLU is involved in thousands of cases every year helping people stand up for their rights in communities all across America.
  8. We believe in an America that is both safe and free. There are always those in powerful positions who wrongly insist that we must trade away our fundamental freedoms to secure our safety. No organization challenges that idea more effectively than the ACLU.
  9. The ACLU challenges intolerance and bigotry wherever we find it. We work to root out any and all attempts to deny people the equal protection under the law that the Constitution guarantees.

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