The American Civil Liberties Union
Since 1920, the ACLU has been 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 United States guarantee everyone in this country. The ACLU is best known for litigation efforts as the country’s largest public interest law organization; many of the ACLU’s ground-breaking cases have changed lives and made history. Read more about how the ACLU is the nation’s Guardian of Freedom.
American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin
The ACLU of Wisconsin is the state affiliate of the national ACLU and is a non-profit, non-partisan, private organization. The ACLU of Wisconsin has 13,000 members and is dedicated to defending the civil liberties and civil rights of all Wisconsin residents.
Click here to view the bio of our Board President William Sulton.
Click here to view the bio of our Executive Director, Chris Ott.
As a card-carrying member of the ACLU of Wisconsin, you are actively supporting the public policy analysis, lobbying and advocacy efforts that advance individual rights in our state and federal legislature. The ACLU of Wisconsin never accepts funds from governmental sources. It relies on annual dues from members and other private donations.
American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin Foundation
The ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation is the educational wing of the state ACLU and includes our litigation and community education efforts. The foundation works for change through workshops, campaigns, web-based social networking and community activism. In particular, young people can learn about their rights through our youth program.
Contributions to the ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation are tax-deductible. The foundation is also supported by grants from private foundations, workplace giving and court-awarded legal fees from successful cases. The ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation also does not receive any government funding.