The American Civil Liberties Union is freedom's watchdog, working daily in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend individual rights and personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The ACLU was founded in 1920.
The Mississippi affiliate of the ACLU was founded in 1969 in the thick of the Civil Rights Movement. In Mississippi at that time, Civil Rights workers were being beaten, arrested and killed for demonstrating against unjust laws and institutionalized discrimination. Basic Constitutional rights were being violated daily, from the right to vote, to the right to speak out against one's government without arrest, to the right of equal treatment under the law.
The ACLU of Mississippi is dedicated to promoting, defending, and extending civil rights and civil liberties to all Mississippians with emphasis on issues related to criminal justice reform, education opportunities, equal access/equality for all, voting rights, and governmental transparency and accountability. We accomplish our mission through legislation, litigation and advocacy.
Our vision is that every Mississippian live in a just and equitable state free from discrimination, where they can enjoy all the freedoms afforded them inherently and by the U.S. Constitution.
Values are the ACLU-MS’s source of guidance and what it stands for. They are timeless and seldom change.
• We value inclusion.
• We make a difference in the community we serve.
• We fight for justice, equality, and fairness.
• We are guardians of civil liberties.
• We are responsible, accountable, honest, and passionate.