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American civil liberties union

an organization founded in 1920 to defend the civil rights of all U.S. citizens.
Abbreviation: ACLU, A.C.L.U.
Contemporary Examples

On Wednesday, Williams posted on Twitter a response from the American Civil Liberties Union declining to take up her case.
Lynnae Williams: The CIA Spy Who Tweets Eli Lake March 28, 2012

The American Civil Liberties Union maintains that the rule is fully constitutional.
Obama’s Baffling Catholic Decision: Birth Control Trumps Religious Freedom Kirsten Powers February 6, 2012

The good news is that groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP have filed suit against the state.
North Carolina’s Attack on Voting Rights Jamelle Bouie August 12, 2013

This is especially true of individuals who have led the American Civil Liberties Union, founded in 1920.
The Big Idea: How Sex Became a Civil Liberty Leigh Ann Wheeler May 30, 2013

After a time as a field director at the American Civil Liberties Union office in Washington, D.C., Bellows returned to Maine.
Pro-Pot, Pro-Gay, Anti-NSA… and Running for Senate David Freedlander April 3, 2014

A consortium of scientists and the American Civil Liberties Union eventually sued to invalidate the patents a few years ago.
The Supremes Get It Right, Naturally. Sam Kean June 13, 2013

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

An organization founded in 1920 in the wake of the red scare to defend civil liberties. The ACLU has often defended the rights of individuals aligned with unpopular causes, including American communists and Nazis.


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