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The next general meeting of the ACLU-Charlotte is Sunday, February 14.

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Current Issues

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2016 Paul Green Award Recipient: Darryl Hunt
2016 Sharon Thompson Award Recipient: Southerners on New Ground
Appeals Court to Review Rowan County's Coercive Government Prayer Policy
North Carolina Joins Nationwide, Bipartisan Effort to Empower Americans to #TakeCTRL of Their Privacy
ACLU Comment on Raids of Central American Families in United States
ACLU-NC Wins Victory for a Pregnant Worker and Her Family
ACLU Settles Case of Nursing Assistant Pushed Out of Job While Pregnant
Lake Lure School Board Votes to Reinstate LGBTQ+ and Other Student Clubs
ACLU: McCrory's Attack on Transgender Students is Shameful and Mean-spirited
ACLU-NC Letter: Lake Lure School Should Rescind Ban on Student Clubs
Proposed 'Exclusion Zones' to be Discussed by Charlotte Committee
ACLU Comment on Efforts to Restrict Refugee Resettlement to US
Gov. McCrory Signs Anti-Immigrant HB 318
ACLU-NC Releases 2015 Legislative Report Card
ACLU Brief: Keep Local Government Meetings Open and Welcoming to People of All Beliefs
One Year After Marriage Equality in NC

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
Nicole Gutierrez

Secretary
Nicole Gutierrez

Ann Wood

Treasurer
Ann Wood

Keith Dennis

Historian
Keith Dennis

Brandy Hagler

State Representative
Brandy Hagler