ACLU of Northern California staff 2015

Who We Are

The ACLU will always be on the side of fairness, equality, and justice – for all.


The ACLU of Northern California is an enduring guardian of justice, fairness, equality, and freedom, working to protect and advance civil liberties for all Californians.

A Matter of Principle

For most of the last century, the ACLU of Northern California has been at the heart of many of the most major – and sometimes controversial – struggles for civil liberties in our state. It’s a matter of principle. The ACLU makes sure that our basic Constitutional rights – to free speech, to privacy, to be innocent until proven guilty – don’t just exist on paper, but also practice. The ACLU enforces the vision that these freedoms be guaranteed to every person in this country. These are our American values.

Who is the ACLU of Northern California? We are the lesbian high school student who refuses to be bullied by her peers and teachers. We are the immigrant father who knows his child deserves the same opportunity as other children to access a college education. We are the peaceful protesters who are arrested. We are the woman whose pharmacist will not dispense emergency contraception. We are the young man who is stopped by police because of the color of his skin. We are the family who is harassed for attending services at their mosque.

We are 100,000 activists and members throughout the state. We are seventy-five years of impact litigation, legislative advocacy, and fearless organizing by passionate individuals in communities across California. We are you. Join us.