The ACLU of Wisconsin envisions a society in which a strong, growing, and diverse network of people and public and private institutions understands, values, and works to protect civil liberties and rights. The ACLU of Wisconsin’s most recent strategic plan includes a major goal of engaging people across the state on civil liberties issues.
A few of the specific issue areas that we are able to present on are:


Law Enforcement

Know Your Rights during Law Enforcement

Encounters Know Your Rights during Law Enforcement and ICE Encounters (Spanish-language)

Effective Police Accountability

Smart Justice

Reforming the Criminal Legal System

Voting After A Criminal Conviction


Know Your Rights – public school rights – five freedoms (speech, religion, assembly, press, petition), privacy

Student Privacy: Searches, Consent and Your Rights Adequate Education

Vouchers Arts & Civil Liberties or Arts & Activism

Community Organizing while in High School


First Amendment Rights

Demonstrator’s Rights workshop

Social Media and Organizing

Legal Observer Training

Banned Books and Censorship

Free Speech 101

Internet Privacy and Security

Digital Privacy – Know Your Rights online

Social Media, the Internet, & Privacy – Creepers & Cops]

Data mining and Surveillance Industries

Racial Justice

Practice what you preach:  Building a diverse and inclusive environment

Racism 101: Types of racism: institutional, structural, internal (unaware/unintentional/self hatred), individual (covert/overt).

What is bias? ISMS, civil liberties and civil rights


Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

Civil Liberties & Civil Rights Today: Getting Involved

Social Justice 101

Civic Action: MKE Civics 101

Voting Rights

Environmental Justice & Transit Equity

Immigration: Rights & Myths

Many of the ACLU’s workshops are organized by other community groups and educational institutions, who invite ACLU staff to share their knowledge about specific topics. If you would like to request a speaker from the ACLU of Wisconsin, email us the date of the event, issue being discussed, and location. Please note that we will not be able to accommodate all requests, but the earlier you submit your request, the greater the likelihood a speaker will be scheduled.

You can also download one of our ACLU of Wisconsin Know Your Rights resources including wallet cards for Milwaukee and Madison. Please visit our Resources page for more.