The American Civil Liberties Union and its Positive Impact on Society

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With the exception of the U.S. Department of Justice, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) appears before the U.S. Supreme Court more than any other organization. The ACLU defends the freedoms of any citizen of the United States, even prisoners. Regardless of race, religion, age, or gender, the ACLU defends anyone whose rights were violated. The organization has made a lot of process since it formed in 1920. Before the ACLU became involved, no free speech defense trial had ever been won in the Supreme Court. The organization played a major role in almost every critical civil liberties case in the past century. The American Civil Liberties Union has a positive social impact on society by defending the rights of the public.

In 1915,
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Finally, there was a group to defend those less favored by the government.

Most recently, the American Civil Liberties Union became involved in the case of Savanna Redding v. Safford Unified School District. In this case, a middle school student, Savanna Redding, 13, was strip-searched because of a suspicion of Ibuprofen in her underwear. The strip was based upon a tip from only one student. The administration did not even bother asking another student. The school did not bother to search her desk or locker. The ACLU says this violates her fourth amendment rights because the school did not have a warrant. Not only did the school violate her rights, they were also wrong. No Ibuprofen was found in her possession. The ACLU defends anyone who needs their help. Although the ACLU has a reputation of being a more liberal organization, it defends people all along the ideological spectrum. Whether the person is ultra-liberal or ultra-conservative, if the ACLU thinks their civil rights are being violated, they will help.
Although the American Civil Liberties Union helps many great causes, some of the cases they handle are considered controversial. “It is easy to defend freedom of speech when the message is something many people find at least reasonable. But the defense of freedom of speech is most critical when the message is one most people find repulsive” (“ACLU Statement…”). Some of the organizations they defend are ones with which the public has an issue. The

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