THE ACLU TODAY
For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.
Whether it’s achieving full equality for LGBT people, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age of widespread government surveillance, ending mass incarceration, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.
With more than 2 million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., to safeguard everyone’s rights.
Human Rights Watch is a nonprofit, nongovernmental human rights organization made up of roughly 400 staff members around the globe. Its staff consists of human rights professionals including country experts, lawyers, journalists, and academics of diverse backgrounds and nationalities. Established in 1978, Human Rights Watch is known for its accurate fact-finding, impartial reporting, effective use of media, and targeted advocacy, often in partnership with local human rights groups. Each year, Human Rights Watch publishes more than 100 reports and briefings on human rights conditions in some 90 countries, generating extensive coverage in local and international media. With the leverage this brings, Human Rights Watch meets with governments, the United Nations, regional groups like the African Union and the European Union, financial institutions, and corporations to press for changes in policy and practice that promote human rights and justice around the world.
Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, we do not charge our clients for legal representation or advocacy, and we receive no government funding. We depend on contributions from supporters around the country.
The Innocence Project, founded in 1992 by Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck at Cardozo School of Law, exonerates the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.
The Innocence Project’s mission is to free the staggering number of innocent people who remain incarcerated, and to bring reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment.
The Innocence Project represents clients seeking post-conviction DNA testing to prove their innocence. We also consult on a number of cases on appeal in which the defendant is represented by primary counsel and we provide information and background on DNA testing litigation. To date, 354 people in the United States have been exonerated by DNA testing, including 20 who served time on death row.
The mission of FIRE is to defend and sustain individual rights at America’s colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of speech, legal equality, due process, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience—the essential qualities of individual liberty and dignity. FIRE’s core mission is to protect the unprotected and to educate the public and communities of concerned Americans about the threats to these rights on our campuses and about the means to preserve them.
FIRE was founded in 1999 by University of Pennsylvania professor Alan Charles Kors and Boston civil liberties attorney Harvey Silverglate after the overwhelming response to their 1998 book The Shadow University: The Betrayal Of Liberty On America’s Campuses.
Crisis Prevention Causes
Open enrollment for 2018 began on November 1. This year, you only have until December 15 to enroll in coverage. Under special circumstances, you may be eligible to enroll in a Marketplace plan after December 15. And if you qualify for Medicaid, enrollment is open year-round.
Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13–24.
Trevor Lifeline – The only national 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for LGBTQ young people (ages 13-24), available at 1-866-488-7386.
TrevorChat – A free, confidential, secure instant messaging service for LGBTQ youth that provides live help from trained volunteer counselors, open daily from 3–10pm ET / Noon–7pm PT.
TrevorText – A free, confidential, secure service in which LGBTQ young people can text a trained Trevor counselor for support and crisis intervention, available Monday–Friday from 3–10pm ET / Noon–7pm PT at 202-304-1200.
Environmental Progress (EP) was founded to achieve two goals: lift all humans out of poverty, and save the natural environment. These goals can be achieved by mid-century — but only if we remove the obstacles to cheap, reliable and clean energy.
We are motivated by our care for people and nature. We seek fair treatment of people everywhere. We approach our work with a spirit of open inquiry.
Environmental Progress’s biggest victories were saving America’s largest source of clean energy — nuclear power — in Illinois, New York, Connecticut, France, South Korea, and New Jersey. We did so by building a humanistic environmental movement demanding energy justice for all.
The far left and far right are offering America a road to nowhere. So why do these yellers, screamers and dividers seem to have all the power?
Because we let them. Tens of millions of Americans reject the extremism of the left and right. If we organize, we can create a vibrant New Center that supports leaders who put country before party.
Everytown is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities. Gun violence touches every town in America. For too long, change has been thwarted by the Washington gun lobby and by leaders who refuse to take common-sense steps that will save lives.
But something is changing. More than 4 million mayors, moms, cops, teachers, survivors, gun owners, and everyday Americans have come together to make their own communities safer. Together, we are fighting for the changes that we know will save lives.
Everytown starts with you, and it starts in your town.
No matter their background or political ideology, all members of Heterodox Academy have endorsed this statement: “I believe that university life requires that people with diverse viewpoints and perspectives encounter each other in an environment where they feel free to speak up and challenge each other. I am concerned that many academic ﬁelds and universities currently lack sufﬁcient viewpoint diversity—particularly political diversity. I will support viewpoint diversity in my academic ﬁeld, my university, my department, and my classroom.”
Today, Heterodox Academy consists of more than 1,700 professors and graduate student afﬁliates. We analyze trends in the academy based on available data. We offer research-based tools. We collect and make accessible all the extant research we can ﬁnd that will help professors, policy makers, and administrators to understand and attain the beneﬁts of viewpoint diversity.
NCSE defends the integrity of science education against ideological interference. We work with teachers, parents, scientists, and concerned citizens at the local, state, and national levels to ensure that topics including evolution and climate change are taught accurately, honestly, and confidently.
Our work is made possible by our members and other generous donors.
CFI was founded in 1991 by philosopher Paul Kurtz as a merger of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP) and the Council for Secular Humanism. Today, it offers a wide array of educational and activist resources for humanists of all stripes. They also publish two major magazines, Free Inquiry and Skeptical Inquiry. In 2016, they merged with the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, to expand its role in biology and general science education for the Untied States.
Humanists United seeks a more tolerant world where rational thinking and kindness prevail – working towards positive change for a better society, for improvement of the one and only life we have.
Promotion of free thinking will encourage people to develop their own views and a better understanding of the world around them, helping to move us all forward to a more open-minded society with equality for all of humanity.
Join us on the journey!
The AHA is one of the country’s oldest secular organizations, founded in 1941 by Unitarian ministers Curtis W. Reese and John H. Dietrich. It seeks to enlighten and advocate to the public for a human-based ethics. Its extensive outreach programs and organizations advocate for an alternative to religious morality.
Like American Atheists and FFRF, the Secular Coalition for America are dedicated to sharing with the public the diverse history and contributions of nonreligious Americans and to advocate for the separation of Church and State. Based out of Washington, D.C., the SCA meets with elected officials and public leaders to ensure their goals.
Founded by Anne Nichol Gaylor and Annie Laurie Gaylor in 1978, FFRF is the largest secular organization in the United States, with 29,000 members. Today, it publishes the only national freethought newspaper (Freethought Today), educates the public on the history and influence on freethought in our culture, and works extensively to maintain the separation of church and state.
SSA was founded in 2000 as a collection a student leaders and secular organizations on college campuses. They outline their purpose as “bring about a society in which the ideals of scientific rationality, secularism, and human based ethics flourish. Whereas many other organizations already exist to spread these values to off-campus populations, the Secular Student Alliance focuses on fostering these values among high school and college students.” Today, the SSA has 231 affiliate groups around the United States, in high schools, colleges, and universities.
As described on its website, the Tri-State Freethinkers “is a social, academic, and activist group with over 1000 members in Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. We are advocates for equal rights and the separation of church and state. We empower our members to make positive change by giving back to our community. We make our decisions based on facts, logic and reason, not superstitions, myths, or dogma.”
RFR was founded in 2009 by psychologist Dr. Darryl Ray and helps those leaving religion (followers and church leaders) to build new lives and get beyond their former faith. They offer a hotline for those in direct need of assistance as well as a network of secular therapists for former church goers.
The Eastern Iowa Atheists was founded by activist Justin Scott and described on their Facebook as “an effort to normalize atheism, connect atheists across Iowa, promote positive atheism and defend the complete separation between religion and government while challenging religious privilege.” They have used their network of activists to change policies regarding public prayer, public religious displays, and other violations of the separation of church and state.