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Upcoming Events

The next general meeting of the ACLU-Charlotte is Sunday, June 12, but our Immigrant Rights Team has been working with the Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency to assist those who come to our country on account of turbulence in their native countries.That agency is conducting a drive Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23 to collect items needed to help those individuals and families to resettle comfortably.

For details, click HERE.


Awards Presented!

In February 2016, the ACLU-Charlotte presented its first annual awards.

Click on the names below to learn more about these civil liberties award winning recipients:

Richard L. Hester

S. Luke Largess
Jacob H. Sussman


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Now, more than ever, we are fighting countless battles to uphold liberty, justice and equality in North Carolina.

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Current Issues

(Clicking on any of the links below will open a new window to the ACLU-NC Blog)

Three More Plaintiffs Join Lawsuit Against North Carolina's Discriminatory HB 2
Federal Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Transgender Student in Restroom Access Case
ACLU Response to Gov. McCrory's Executive Order on LGBT Discrimination: 'A Poor Effort to Save Face'
ACLU & Allies Challenging HB2 Respond to UNC Position on Discriminatory Law
ACLU-NC Files Brief Opposing Judicial Retention Referendum Law
Take Action: Tell Gov. McCrory to Repeal the Country's Worst Anti-LGBT Law

Welcome to ACLU-Charlotte

The Charlotte Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina

ACLU Charlotte Area seeks to defend the civil liberties of the people in Greater Charlotte. We strive to protect the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom to peacefully assemble, freedom to express grievances against the government, and other constitutional protections guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.

Founded in 1920, the American Civil Liberties Union is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization that advocates for civil liberties in courts, legislatures, and communities all over the United States at the federal, state, and local level. As a result of its dedication, there is no non-governmental organization that has more frequently argued in front of the Supreme Court of the United States than the ACLU. The ACLU is a network of state affiliates and local chapters associated with a national office. There is an ACLU affiliate in every state, including Puerto Rico. The work of state affiliates is supported by local chapters in cities, universities, and law schools. This structure enables the ACLU to monitor civil liberty issues at all levels of government.

The Charlotte area chapter of the ACLU was organized on January 6, 2013. It is fitting that we launched the Charlotte Chapter the week of the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation because since its founding in 1920 the ACLU has given particular attention to the defense of the civil liberties of minorities.

The mission of the Charlotte Area Chapter of the ACLU is that of the national organization. That national mission is expressed in this poem:

The mission of the ACLU is
to maintain and advance civil liberties,
including, without limitation,

the freedoms of association,
press, religion and speech,
and the rights to the franchise,
to due process of law,
and to equal protection of the laws
for all people
throughout the United States
and its jurisdictions.

The ACLU's objects shall be sought
wholly without political partisanship.

The ACLU today remains focused
on the overarching goals
set by its founders
more than 90 yrs ago,

serving as the 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 US guarantee.

The ACLU also works
to extend rights
to segments of the 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.

  • To see when and where we will be meeting, click HERE.
  • To learn more about us, click HERE.
  • To learn more about our civil liberty teams, click HERE
  • To contact us, click HERE.
  • To ask for legal help, click HERE.
  • To join and/or donate to the ACLU of North Carolina, click HERE.

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ACLU-Charlotte Officers

Steven Lauer

President
Steve Lauer

Michael Zytkow

Vice President
Michael Zytkow
Benjamin Snyder and Daniel Melo

Co-Secretaries
Benjamin Snyder

Daniel Melo
Ann Wood

Treasurer
Ann Wood

Keith Dennis

Historian
Keith Dennis

Brandy Hagler

State Representative
Brandy Hagler