Founded in 1952 as the Minnesota Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Minnesota continues to promote, protect, and extend the civil liberties and civil rights of people in Minnesota through litigation, lobbying, and community engagement.

Our Vision 

Our vision for our state and country is one that fulfills the promise of the Minnesota and United States Constitutions to protect the civil rights and liberties of everyone. We are the pre-eminent civil liberties organization in Minnesota, and a nationally admired leader among ACLU affiliates.

  • We are a force to be reckoned with, a staunch defender of civil liberties.
  • We are a creative and far-sighted thought leader committed to elevating the tone of public debate and speaking to important civil liberties issues.
  • We are especially mindful of the need to protect the interests of people who are disfavored or marginalized.
  • We are non-partisan, defending the civil liberties of everyone, regardless of their politics.
  • We are effective, hard-working, highly qualified, and well-managed.
  • We are equitable and inclusive in our operations and functions.

Our Values

Civil Rights and Liberties

We value civil rights and civil liberties for everyone, especially the most vulnerable members of our community who have been historically and systematically deprived of them.

Equity, Equality, and Justice

We value equity for all people, and equal justice under law.

Dignity

We value the inherent dignity of all people.

Inclusion

We value inclusion and the right of everyone to participate in our democracy, including those with unpopular beliefs.

Member and Community Engagement

We value our members and supporters, who make our work possible, and our community partners, who are our allies in doing our work.

Diversity and Teamwork

We value an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace characterized by honesty, excellence, respect, professionalism, and teamwork.

All Voices

We value the voices, knowledge, and leadership of those who have been historically and systematically excluded and disenfranchised.

WE DEFEND AND PROMOTE THESE CIVIL LIBERTIES AND VALUES THROUGH: 

LITIGATION

We protect your civil rights by selecting, negotiating, and trying cases with the potential to establish legal precedent, broaden interpretation, and strengthen your civil liberties. We are supported by volunteer attorneys who donate their time and expertise to our cause.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Educating and engaging the public is key to our mission. We seek to educate Minnesotans about their civil liberties by providing schools with educational materials, by speaking in public on civil liberties, and by mobilizing individuals to personally advocate for their rights.

LOBBYING

By drafting effective legislation and testifying on bills with civil liberties implications, we ensure that the government does not succeed in infringing on your rights.


Updated 7 March 2019

OTHER INFORMATION

Legal name: American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota Foundation

Doing-business-as name: American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota and American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota Foundation

EIN: 41-6050012

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