Racial & Economic Justice
The ACLU works to defend economically disadvantaged people and fights income-based discrimination in the criminal justice and public benefits systems, and in housing and employment. Economic justice is a civil right.
What You Need to Know
The ACLU of California protects the constitutional rights of all children to equal educational opportunity. We focus on ensuring that the public education system provides exceptional education to our most vulnerable students, such as students of color, LGBTQ youth, and low-income youth, and that all decisions are centered on students' needs and success. Read More
The ACLU has long fought to protect and defend the civil and human rights of people experiencing homelessness by challenging government and police practices that treat homeless persons as criminals and make it harder for them to secure and maintain needed housing, employment, and benefits.
For much of the country’s history, formal and explicit racial restrictions prevented people of color from accessing the mainstays of economic life, including employment and homeownership. The ACLU uses litigation and other advocacy to remedy deeply entrenched sources of inequality and ensure access to economic opportunity.
Vulnerable communities are too often subject to the disproportionate burden of pollution and contamination. The ACLU fights in the courts to ensure the laws that mitigate environmental injustices are enforced.
The ACLU strives for an America free of discrimination against people with disabilities, where people with disabilities are valued, integrated members of society who have full access to education, homes, health care, jobs, and families. We are also committed to ensuring people with disabilities are no longer segregated into, and overrepresented in, civil and criminal institutions such as nursing homes, psychiatric hospitals, jails, and prisons.