Key Issues

The ACLU of Michigan is our states guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. To see the full scope of our work, view our current legal docketpast legal dockets and our legislative watchlist.

Defense of the freedom of speech is essential to the ACLU’s identity, and we remain devoted to protecting that right against all forms of illegal government encroachment.

The ACLU of Michigan’s Racial Justice Program aims to preserve and extend the constitutional rights of people of color.

Our commitment to women’s rights aims to ensure that women and their families enjoy the benefits of full equality and participation in every sphere of society.

Our right to privacy is a cornerstone of our democracy—and, in the digital age, the ACLU defends this right more vigorously than ever.

The ACLU is working to reform the criminal justice system and make the promise of fair treatment a reality for all people.

As technology advances, the ACLU is expanding our protection of the Fourth Amendment to safeguard against both traditional and digital forms of unlawful searches and seizures.

We believe that the law should prevail even for those behind bars. As a result, the ACLU of Michigan continues to fight unconstitutional conditions in our local prisons and jails and the "lock 'em up" mentality that prevails in the legislature.

The ACLU supports a public-health approach, including investment in drug treatment, education, and regulation of drug availability.

We are committed to worker rights and maintain a rich history of defending and preserving the rights of labor.

Safeguarding due process remains a cornerstone of our work, as we seek to guarantee that our government respects all of the legal rights guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

The ACLU has advocated on behalf of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender people for more than 70 years and in 1986 founded the LGBT & AIDS Project.

Since its establishment in 1965, the Voting Rights Project has aggressively and successfully challenged efforts to dilute minority voting strength or obstruct the ability of minority communities to elect candidates of their choice.

The ACLU protects everyone's right to make informed decisions free from government interference about whether and when to become a parent.

We continue to be one of the nation's leading advocates for the rights of immigrants, refugees and non-citizens, challenging unconstitutional laws and practices, and countering the myths upon which many of these laws are based.

We are committed to challenging the constitutional violations that are far too common in our public schools and that contribute to other ills in education. We advocate for safe, fair learning environments for all students.

As one part of our core principles, we fight to ensure equal access for everyone with disabilities.

We believe deeply in the principle of religious liberty and uphold all Americans’ fundamental right to practice religion, or no religion at all.

We believe in an approach to national security that balances our need to be safe with the preservation of our constitutional freedoms.

For nearly two years, the residents of Flint were exposed to lead-poisoned water flowing from the city's water supply into their homes each day. Now, the city finds itself in the throes of one of the worst man-made health disasters in Michigan history as the ACLU of Michigan and others struggle to find an end to the crisis and to mitigate a lead-poisoning tragedy that will resonate across the state--and the nation--for many years to come.