ACLU of North Carolina

ACLU of North Carolina Since 1965, the ACLU of North Carolina has worked in courts, the General Assembly, & communities to defend & preserve the rights of all North Carolinians.

This is the official page of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, a Section 501(c)(4) organization. To learn more about the ACLU and its affiliated organization, the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Foundation, please go to acluofnorthcarolina.org. Since 1965, the ACLU of North Carolina has been our state’s guardian of liberty – working in courts, the General Assembly, and communities to protect and advance civil rights and civil liberties for all North Carolinians. A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with more than 30,000 members across the state, the ACLU of North Carolina is a state affiliate of the national American Civil Liberties Union. Together, we dare to create a more perfect union.

Mission: The ACLU works to preserve: * Your First Amendment rights - freedom of speech, association and assembly; freedom of the press, and freedom of religion. * Your right to equal protection under the law - equal treatment regardless of race, sex, religion or national origin. * Your right to due process - fair treatment by the government whenever the loss of your liberty or property is at stake. * Your right to privacy - freedom from unwarranted government intrusion into your personal and private affairs. We work also to extend rights to segments of our population that have traditionally been denied their rights, including people of color; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people; women; mental-health patients; prisoners; people with disabilities; and the poor. If the rights of society's most vulnerable members are denied, everybody's rights are imperiled.

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This Thanksgiving as many of the us struggle to safely reunite with our families, we fight for those trapped in jail.
11/26/2020

This Thanksgiving as many of the us struggle to safely reunite with our families, we fight for those trapped in jail.

Tell Gov. Cooper: pardon people and bring them home this holiday season. Send him a message (link in bio)
11/25/2020

Tell Gov. Cooper: pardon people and bring them home this holiday season.

Send him a message (link in bio)

While we're all trying to figure out how to safely spend time with our families for the holidays during a pandemic, we c...
11/25/2020
Bring them home for the holidays

While we're all trying to figure out how to safely spend time with our families for the holidays during a pandemic, we cannot forget about those who remain behind bars and away from their families. Send a message to Gov. Cooper today urging him to use his clemency powers to bring people home for the holidays.

Tell Gov. Cooper to grant clemency this holiday season!

This holiday season, we're calling on Governor Cooper to unite families and release people during this pandemic.
11/24/2020
If We Can Pardon Turkeys, We Can Pardon People.

This holiday season, we're calling on Governor Cooper to unite families and release people during this pandemic.

Ronnie Long was convicted by an all-white jury for a crime he did not commit. He lost forty-four years of his life by being wrongfully imprisoned. After years of hard work by the Duke Innocence Project, Mr. Long was released earlier this year, but he still needs a pardon of innocence from Governor R...

Police should be asking for written consent before searching our vehicles. Too many people in this country are living th...
11/22/2020
‘I Experience a Hollowing Fear Any Time I’m Stopped by Police’

Police should be asking for written consent before searching our vehicles. Too many people in this country are living this reality of uncertainty every time they get pulled over.

Gutting the Fourth Amendment has turned tiny traffic violations into abusive traffic stops and coercive searches for millions of Black drivers like myself.

Reverend Gregory Drumwright is being served with new felony criminal charges by the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office ton...
11/20/2020

Reverend Gregory Drumwright is being served with new felony criminal charges by the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office tonight related to the Oct. 31 “I Am Change” march. Two other members of Justice for the Next Generation are also being served with new charges. The peaceful march led voters to the polls on the last day of early voting and same-day voter registration in North Carolina.

Let there be no doubt about where we stand on the matter:

“We stand with Rev. Drumwright and other voters who gathered to speak out against racial injustice and participate in our democracy. It is troubling that a march to the polls was met with violence from law enforcement and has garnered ongoing hostility from law enforcement. These additional charges send a message that the Alamance County sheriff does not respect the First Amendment rights of the people he claims to serve. We will continue to fight to protect the rights of community members to gather and make themselves heard,” said Kristi Graunke, legal director for the ACLU of North Carolina.

Full statement 👉 https://bit.ly/WeStandWithAlamance

📸 credit: Steve Remich

It's past time we end the War on Drugs. Black and Brown people have been locked up because of it and any decriminalizati...
11/19/2020
Decriminalize marijuana, says NC racial justice task force created by Gov. Cooper

It's past time we end the War on Drugs. Black and Brown people have been locked up because of it and any decriminalization efforts need to center racial justice.

The state’s top law enforcement officer is on board with decriminalizing weed, but ultimately it’s up to the General Assembly (or individual prosecutors)

We’re going to keep saying it until they listen to us: Counselors, NOT cops. It’s time to take SROs out of our public sc...
11/18/2020

We’re going to keep saying it until they listen to us: Counselors, NOT cops. It’s time to take SROs out of our public schools and invest in care.

Today is day 15 of the Vigil for Freedom and Racial Justice. Governor Cooper can and should do everything in his power t...
11/18/2020
NC’s Prison Population Forgotten in Fight Against COVID-19, Advocates Say

Today is day 15 of the Vigil for Freedom and Racial Justice. Governor Cooper can and should do everything in his power to send people home during this pandemic and as we see a tipping point in COVID-19 cases around the state.

Groups called on Gov. Roy Cooper to act and use his clemency powers during the pandemic to help the more than 30,000 in NC prisons.

If you're in the Wake County community, join us today in Cary!
11/17/2020

If you're in the Wake County community, join us today in Cary!

After 44 years of wrongful incarceration, Ronnie Long was released. We are joining him and many others, in asking Govern...
11/16/2020
“I Need That Pardon”: Ronnie Long, Free After 44 Years, Demands Justice for His Wrongful Conviction

After 44 years of wrongful incarceration, Ronnie Long was released. We are joining him and many others, in asking Governor Cooper to pardon him.

“It’s a blessing within itself for me to even be sitting here right now,” says Ronnie Long, free after 44 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit. Long, who is African American, was convicted in 1976 of raping a white woman by an all-white jury and sentenced to 80 years in prison. In 2...

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department spent $17 million in preparation for the RNC, but it still refuses to disclo...
11/10/2020
CMPD spent $17 million for RNC. On what remains a mystery

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department spent $17 million in preparation for the RNC, but it still refuses to disclose how much of that was spent.

“To this day we have received very few records and we will feel the impact of this militarized local police response because of equipment that was purchased for the RNC for years to come,” ACLU senior attorney Irena Como said.

https://www.wbtv.com/2020/11/10/cmpd-spent-million-rnc-what-remains-mystery/

A memo from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Johnny Jennings says the City of Charlotte spent approximately $17 million on the Republican National Convention. The memo does not provide any details on how the money was spent but does include a timeline for releasing more information.

11/06/2020
Vigil for Freedom and Racial Justice

A broad coalition of North Carolinians is calling for justice, fairness and second chances for people incarcerated in our state prisons, especially Black people and other people of color.

People are standing vigil at the Governor’s mansion, calling on Gov. Cooper to use his clemency power to decarcerate North Carolina. Follow the movement to Decarcerate North Carolina at:
https://www.facebook.com/DecarcerateNowNC

On November 4, 2020, a coalition of North Carolinians began standing vigil outside the NC Executive Mansion to highlight our collective call for Governor Roy Cooper to use his clemency powers and all other means to decarcerate North Carolina now.

Counting every vote isn't a partisan issue. It's a fundamental pillar of our democracy. Similarly, our responsibilities ...
11/05/2020
Count Every Vote

Counting every vote isn't a partisan issue. It's a fundamental pillar of our democracy. Similarly, our responsibilities as citizens in a democracy don't end on Election Day. Make your voice heard today, too, by telling your U.S. Representative that voters decide our elections and that happens when we Count 👏Every 👏 Vote 👏

https://action.aclu.org/send-message/count-every-vote

The election isn't over until every vote is counted. Period. This is OUR democracy. Tell your U.S. Representative to support counting every vote.

Count👏 Every👏 Vote. 👏Discounting the mail-in vote will disenfranchise voters of color and distort the election outcome.
11/04/2020
When Will We Know The Winner? Time Frames For 6 Key States

Count👏 Every👏 Vote. 👏

Discounting the mail-in vote will disenfranchise voters of color and distort the election outcome.

Here's how much longer it will take to count the votes in the remaining key states of Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina and Wisconsin.

11/03/2020
Democracy North Carolina

You're 3:00 update from the NC Election Protection hotline.

Hear from Senior Research Manager, Sunny Frothingham, with the latest on real time voter issues what can look forward to tonight in the turnout data.

REMINDER: The Trump administration has used multiple tactics to harm children, including closing the border.This is why ...
11/03/2020
How Trump officials used COVID-19 to shut U.S. borders to migrant children

REMINDER: The Trump administration has used multiple tactics to harm children, including closing the border.

This is why we fight.

Public health officials at the CDC objected to an order that has authorized the expulsions of thousands of migrant children without court hearings or asylum screenings.

We are powerful and we can change this state and our local towns for the better. We stand with North Carolinians who are...
11/03/2020
An American Powder Keg

We are powerful and we can change this state and our local towns for the better. We stand with North Carolinians who are making their voice heard today, despite attempts to silence them.

In Alamance County, North Carolina, the nation’s future and past collide — often in terrifying fashion

7 hours left to vote! Check on your friends and family & make sure they make their voices heard. #votemosnc #electionday...
11/03/2020

7 hours left to vote! Check on your friends and family & make sure they make their voices heard. #votemosnc #electionday2020

11/03/2020
Democracy North Carolina

Live update from the NC Election Protection Coalition.

Join us as Allison Riggs of Southern Coalition for Social Justice updates us on what issues our 888 hotline has been fixing so far this Election Day!

Every vote counts (including your absentee ballot)! The more people who vote, the stronger our democracy. Voters choose ...
11/03/2020

Every vote counts (including your absentee ballot)! The more people who vote, the stronger our democracy. Voters choose the winners.

11/03/2020
Democracy North Carolina

Live updates from the Election Protection Coalition and Democracy North Carolina reporting live from Alamance County. Voters with questions can reach nonpartisan elections experts by calling 888-OUR-VOTE.

We'll be joined by our Executive Director, Tomas Lopez, to share how the first few hours of Election Day have gone. Then we'll kick it to Tyler Walker & Joselle Torres on the ground in Alamance County.

BREAKING: Civil Rights Groups File Lawsuit to Protect Protesters on Eve of the Election. Statement from Chantal Stevens,...
11/03/2020

BREAKING: Civil Rights Groups File Lawsuit to Protect Protesters on Eve of the Election.

Statement from Chantal Stevens, executive director of the ACLU of North Carolina, is ⤵. More information about the lawsuit ➡ https://www.acluofnorthcarolina.org/en/cases/drumwright-v-johnson

“Law enforcement officers in Graham violently interfered with voters’ march to the polls on Saturday and suppressed a peaceful and lawful assembly. We know that voters, particularly Black and Brown voters, have repeatedly refused to let acts of intimidation silence their voices or deprive them of the right to vote, and we hope that’s the case during this election.”

11/02/2020

Your voice has POWER. Make your plan to vote TOMORROW if you haven't already and set a reminder on your phone to make sure your voice is heard. Questions about voting? Call 888-OUR-VOTE to speak with a nonpartisan elections expert!

Today is the last day of Early Voting in North Carolina! Here’s some helpful info:🗳️  You can register and vote at any E...
10/31/2020

Today is the last day of Early Voting in North Carolina! Here’s some helpful info:
🗳️ You can register and vote at any Early Voting location in your county.

✉️ If you have an absentee ballot that you have not returned, you can return it to any Early Voting site or you can decide to vote in-person during Early Voting on Election Day. If you vote in person, you should not return your absentee ballot.

🗓️ If you requested an absentee ballot but haven’t received it yet, make your back-up plan now! Vote early today from 8 AM -3 PM or vote on Election Day, November 3.

📱 If you have questions, call 888-OUR-VOTE to speak with a nonpartisan elections expert!

If you have any concerns about your mail-in ballot being delivered on time to be counted, you can return it to any early...
10/30/2020

If you have any concerns about your mail-in ballot being delivered on time to be counted, you can return it to any early voting site or to your county Board of Elections office on Election Day.

Early voting ends on Saturday,10/31. Questions? Call 888-OUR-VOTE to speak with a nonpartisan elections expert!

Voting is a tool, not the cure. Our communities are organizing and voting for justice this election. 📢
10/29/2020

Voting is a tool, not the cure. Our communities are organizing and voting for justice this election. 📢

10/27/2020
Comunidad Colectiva

TPS Caravan has arrived in Charlotte and is calling for Justice:

La libertad en Charlotte

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