The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a national organization with over 400,000 members, has been at the forefront of the fight to secure and protect the rights guaranteed by our Constitution since 1920.
ACLU-HLS is a student organization committed to advancing issues of civil liberties and constitutional rights. The chapter aims to promote awareness of civil liberties on the Harvard campus by hosting speakers and organizing events. In addition to core issues of freedom of speech and religion, racial justice, women’s rights, and LGBT rights, past events have addressed diverse topics such as the right to play online poker and the pros and cons of legalizing prostitution. Last year ACLU-HLS hosted the attorney representing Reverend Phelps in the controversial case about protesting at military funerals, the attorney defending the Tucson Unified School District’s right to continue its Mexican-American Ethnic Studies Program, as well as Steve Shapiro, the National Director of the ACLU. The chapter encourages all interested students to join the executive board and take the lead in organizing events about the civil rights issues that they care about.
ACLU-HLS also offers opportunities for students who are considering working for the ACLU as a summer intern or as part of their legal career. The organization works closely with the ACLU of Massachusetts and will host ACLU networking events throughout the year. The group can be a great stepping-stone to an ACLU or civil rights job opportunity, or just a way to learn more about civil rights issues and meet like-minded students.