The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is the nation’s largest non-partisan guardian of freedom with more than 500,000 members and supporters and affiliate or national chapter offices in all fifty states and Puerto Rico. Founded in 1920, the ACLU works tirelessly to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by both the Constitution and the laws of the United States.
The ACLU of Utah, chartered in 1958, operates through public education, legal advocacy, litigation, and lobbying at both the state and local levels to ensure the constitutional rights and freedoms of everyone living in or visiting Utah. Our work is based on those principals outlined in the Bill of Rights and our priorities include: Participatory Democracy; Racial Justice; Immigrants’ Rights; Religious Liberty & Freedom of Belief; and Privacy & Technology. In addition, we continue our commitment to reform the Utah criminal justice system, protect the First Amendment, reproductive freedoms, and equality for all.
2012 has been an amazing year for the
ACLU of Utah.
Our docket of legal projects has swelled with several significant lawsuits, our presence and influence at the State Capitol is greater than ever, and our public education efforts have spread across the state to touch thousands of Utahns.
We are grateful that you are part of our team. Whether it is through taking action to protect civil liberties, coming to our events, or being a member or donor, we hope you will stay engaged with the ACLU of Utah in 2013.
The ACLU of Utah Commemorates the Life of Brian Barnard
Posted 9/4/12 - Brian’s death is a huge loss to the community. Whenever anyone thinks of a civil rights lawyer in Utah, they think of Brian Barnard. He has stood up for the rights of the marginalized and vulnerable for decades and has been instrumental in moving civil rights forward.
Brian worked with the ACLU since the mid-1970s. He has partnered with the ACLU of Utah for nearly 40 years as a cooperating attorney on all manner of civil liberties cases. Brian had a wicked sense of humor, a passion for individual rights, and an unwavering commitment to the protection of the people on the fringes of society whose rights were most frequently under attack.
The ACLU of Utah honors the life of Stephen Smoot 6/13/28 - 5/16/12 Mr. Smoot was a co-founder of the Utah ACLU affiliate in 1958 and received our Torch of Freedom Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2011 Bill of Rights Celebration.