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The next general meeting of ACLU Charlotte is on Sunday, June 1.

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Current Issues

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Career Opportunity: Director of Philanthrophy
Charlotte Law ACLU Chapter Wins Synergy Event of the Year Award
The Long and Short of Voting Lines in North Carolina
What North Carolina's Refusal to Recognize the Marriages of Same Sex Couples Really Means
ACLU Seeks Swift Ruling to Grant Freedom to Marry to Same-Sex Couples in North Carolina
Many N.C. Jails Fail to Comply With Prison Rape Elimination Act
Federal Court Orders N.C. Lawmakers to Release E-Mail Related to Passage of State's Sweeping Voter Suppression Law
Federal Court Orders N.C. Lawmakers to Release E-Mail Related to Passage of State's Sweeping Voter Suppression Law
Op-ed: Gay Families in NC Forced to Be Legal Strangers
Poll: 72% of North Carolina Voters Support Warrant Requirement for Drone Surveillance

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;
gay men,
bisexuals and
transgender people;
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

Richard Hester

Richard Hester

Steven Lauer

Vice President
Steve Lauer

Keith Dennis

Keith Dennis

Ann Wood

Ann Wood

Brandy Hagler

State Representative
Brandy Hagler