The US has been at the forefront of fighting for civil rights and human rights both at home and abroad. Here are some of the most prominent organizations in the US fighting for the rights of the people in the US.
American Association of People with Disabilities
The organization was created in 1995 when 500 disabled Americans got together in Washington D.C. The organization works to fight for the rights of the disabled in the US.
Its efforts are geared towards ensuring the enforcement of existing rights in law. For instance, it works to ensure that the Rehabilitation Act of 973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 s enforced.
The AARP has more than 35 million members. It is amongst the largest nonprofit organizations working in the US. Since its formation in 1958, the nonprofit has worked to fight for the rights of the elderly in the US.
The organization defends the rights of both retired and working elderly people. Since the organization is no longer limited to the aging, it no longer uses its full name, but the acronym is now its full name.
American Civil Liberties Union
The organization was founded in 1920. It was in reaction to repressive measures taken by the government against the people after WW1. The organization has been leading the fight for civil liberties for over 80 years in the US.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State
The organization was founded in 1947. It has continued to defend the right of religious organizations to stay separate from the state. Rev Barry Lynn currently heads the organization. It continues to fight to ensure that the government respects the Frist amendment’s clause on the establishment.
Electronic Frontier Foundation
This organization was formed in 1990 just as the digital age was taking off. It fights for the rights of Americans to have their civil liberties respected even in the era of digital technology. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey and http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/new-times-founders-helping-fund-latino-program-at-asu-journalism-school-6661821
One of its biggest successes was in opposing the Communications Decency Act of 1995. This law was later declared to be unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
NARAL Pro-Choice America
NARAL was founded in 1969. It dropped its full name after the Supreme Court ruling of 1973 that repealed abortion laws. The organization now works with other like-minded groups who promote the rights of women to choose. It also works to support Planned Parenthood such as having access to birth control pills and access to emergency contraception.
Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey founded the organization after they won a settlement worth $3.5 million from a wrongful arrest lawsuit. Sheriff Joe Arpaio made this arrest, which it was ruled to have been related to their work fighting for migrants’ rights.
The arrests happened at midnight on October 18, 2007. These arrests came after the two managed to expose grand jury proceedings which sought to have access to notes from journalists covering Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Besides that, these proceedings wanted to gain access to the identity of citizens that read stories on Joe Arpaio posted on New Times.
With the proceeds of their lawsuit, the two formed the Larkin and Lacey Frontera fun to fight for the rights of migrants and free speech in Arizona.