Civil Rights
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The Bill of Rights
In case anyone is still interested, here are the first 10 amendments; also the other 17 and some interesting history.
American Civil Liberties Union
"The American Civil Liberties Union is the nation's foremost advocate of individual rights- litigating, legislating, and educating the public on a broad array of issues affecting individual freedom in the United States."
Alliance for Justice
"The Alliance for Justice is an association of environmental, civil rights, consumer and women's organizations dedicated to the survival and growth of public interest advocacy. The Alliance works to advance the cause of justice for all Americans, to strengthen the public interest community's ability to influence public policy and to foster the next generation of advocates."
People for the American Way
"People For the American Way organizes and mobilizes Americans to fight for fairness, justice, civil rights and the freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution. PFAW lobbies for progressive legislation and helps to build communities of activists."
Citizens' Commission on Civil Rights
"The Citizens' Commission on Civil Rights is committed to the revitalization of a progressive civil rights agenda at the national level. Its work is grounded in the belief that such an agenda benefits the entire country, not just particular interest groups."
Americans United for Separation of Church and State
A group working to preserve the rights to freedom from establishment and free excercise of religion as set forth in the First Amendment.
Separation of Church and State Page
A well-organized and well-researched page concerned with preserving the First Amendment principle of church/state separation. Maintained by a professor, an attorney, and an independent researcher.
Freedom from Religion Foundation
"Since 1978, the nonprofit Freedom from Religion Foundation has been working to keep state and church separate and to educate the public about the views of nontheists."
American Atheists
Since 1963, American Atheists has been the premier organization laboring for the civil liberties of Atheists, and the total, absolute separation of government and religion.
The National Committee for Public Education and Religious Liberty-- The group works to ensure the maintenance of church/state separation in the public schools.
Banned Books On-line
A listing of "books suppressed or censored by legal authorities" with interesting history and discussion of each. Other info about censorship; links to related sites.
Banned Books Week
"Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them."
The Freedom Forum
"The Freedom Forum is a nonpartisan, international foundation dedicated to free press, free speech and free spirit for all people." Especially concerned with supporting journalism and journalism education.
Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting
A national media watchgroup. "FAIR focuses public awareness on the narrow corporate ownership of the press, the media's allegiance to official agendas, and their insensitivity to women, labor, minorities, and other public interest constituencies."
Institute for Alternative Journalism
"IAJ is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening and supporting independent and alternative journalism, and to improving the public's access to independent information sources."
National Campaign for Freedom of Expression
"The National Campaign for Freedom of Expression is an education and advocacy network of artists, arts organizations and the public, founded to fight censorship and to protect the First Amendment right to freedom of artistic expression."
The National Coalition Against Censorship
The NCAC is an alliance of non-comercial organizations working in opposition to censorship and in support of First Amendment freedoms.
Project Censored
"The primary objective of Project Censored is to explore and publicize the extent of censorship in our society by locating stories about significant issues of which the public should be aware, but is not, for one reason or another."
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
"The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free legal help to reporters and news organizations."
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
"The CBLDF exists to fight censorship and defend the first amendment rights of comic book professionals throughout the United States....As a new wave of conservatism floods the publishing industry, the CBLDF continues to raise the money and awareness needed to fight the censors every step of the way."
Feminists for Free Expression
"Feminists for Free Expression is a group of diverse feminist women working to preserve the individual's right and responsibility to read, listen, view and produce materials of her choice, without the intervention of the state 'for her own good.'"
American Association for Affirmative Action
"Founded in 1974, the American Association for Affirmative Action is dedicated to the advancement of affirmative action, equal opportunity and the elimination of discrimination on the basis of race, gender, ethnic background or any other criterion that deprives people of opportunities to live and work."
Americans United for Affirmative Action
"Americans United for Affirmative Action is a national, non-profit organization committed to educating the public on the importance of maintaining affirmative action programs and the principles of equal opportunity in employment and education."
National Committee on Pay Equity
"The National Committee on Pay Equity is a membership coalition of over 170 organizations, including labor unions, women's and civil rights groups, religious, professional, legal and educational associations, state and local pay equity networks, and individual men and women working to eliminate sex- and race-based wage discrimination."
I Have A Dream
The text of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's historic address, delivered at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Directory
From the Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University, King's writings online, as well as biography and other references about King.
"The NAACP, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, is the oldest, largest and strongest Civil Rights Organization in the United States. The principle objective of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens of the United States."
The Disability Rights Activist
A multitude of Web resources on disability rights, collected and organized for easy access. Sections include Tools for Activists, Action Alerts, Disability Rights Organizations and Publications, Accessible Web Site Design, more.
Center for Democracy and Technology
"CDT's mission is to develop and advocate public policies that advance constitutional civil liberties and democratic values in new computer and communications technologies."
Electronic Frontier Foundation
"The Electronic Frontier Foundation is a non-profit civil liberties organization working in the public interest to protect privacy, free expression, and access to public resources and information online..."
Global Internet Liberty Campaign
The GILC has a number of member organizations. Together, they are working to protect freedom of expression and privacy on the Global Internet.
Society for Electronic Access
"We believe that the world of computers and the communications links that bind their users together (cyberspace) should be open to everyone. Furthermore, if this new medium is to have a chance of fulfilling its great potential, the same civil rights that protect our freedom in the physical world must prevail in cyberspace."
NORML Homepage
The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, working for (among other things) marijuana legalization. A wealth of info on medical uses, public policy, drug testing, and more.
Marijuana Policy Project
"The Marijuana Policy Project's purpose is to develop and promote policies to minimize the harm associated with marijuana." Activities include research into social, physical, and other effects of marijuana use, cooperative efforts with government bodies to enact realistic policies, dissemination of information to the public.
"WARSTOP is a forum devoted to developing new ways to stop the war on drugs in the United States." Present efforts are directed at effecting the retirement of Representative Gerald B.H. Solomon (R, NY).
The Drug Reform Coordination Network
"DRCNet was founded in response to the violence, disease and misery spawned by our nation's flawed drug policy. Our position is that the evidence on drug policy overwhelmingly favors decriminalization and that reform is needed immediately." Visitors may also access the world's largest online library of drug policy.
Drug Policy Alliance
"Drug Policy Alliance is the leading organization working to broaden the public debate on drug policy and to promote realistic alternatives to the war on drugs based on science, compassion, public health and human rights."
"Forfeiture Endangers American Rights is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reform of federal and state asset forfeiture laws to restore due process and protect property rights in the forfeiture process."
National Center on Police Accountability
"N-COPA is an organization of religious, community, and legal groups and progressive law enforcement representatives working to hold police accountable to their communities through public education, community organizing, legislation, litigation, and promotion of empowered independent oversight."
The Police Complaint Center
"The Police Complaint Center is a national non-profit organization which provides assistance to victims of police misconduct free of charge. Using available technology, the Police Complaint Center documents and investigates incidents of police abuse. Our primary service is assisting victims of misconduct with the filing of complaints against law enforcement personnel."
Flex Your Rights
"Flex Your Rights is a nonprofit, educational organization working to train individuals to protect their civil liberties during police encounters."
Speak Out Home Page
Speak Out is a non-profit speakers and artists agency. Some of the many topics Speak Out speakers speak out against are racism, sexism, prisoner abuse, the death penalty, homophobia, the Religious Right.
The Flag Burning Page
The purpose of this page is not to encourage flag burning, but to be "a standing protest to any amendment to the U.S. Constitution which would allow Congress and the States to pass laws against flag burning- laws that the Supreme Court has already said are unconstitutional."

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