Pro to the question "Is the ACLU Good for America?"
"The ACLU is the only organization that can serve as a wholesale bulwark against attacks on our civil liberties. While most civil rights and civil liberties organizations focus on a specific issue or a particular constituency, the ACLU is the only organization that defends all of our constitutional liberties and the rights of all Americans."
Official statement of Anthony D. Romero, JD upon appointment as Executive Director of the ACLU, 2001
Organizations/VIPs/Other Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
"The ACLU today is the nation's largest public interest law firm, with a 50-state network of staffed, autonomous affiliate offices. We appear before the United States Supreme Court more than any other organization except the U.S. Department of Justice. About 100 ACLU staff attorneys collaborate with about 2,000 volunteer attorneys in handling close to 6,000 cases annually.
The ACLU is non-profit and non-partisan. We do not receive any government funding. Member dues and contributions and grants from private foundations and individuals pay for the work we do. The ACLU, with headquarters in New York City, litigates across the nation and all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Our Washington, D.C., legislative office lobbies the U.S. Congress. We use strategic communications to educate the public about issues."
"ACLU History," www.aclu.org (accessed June 27, 2011)
"The mission of the ACLU is 'to maintain and advance civil liberties, including, without limitation, the freedoms of association, press, religion and speech, and the rights to the franchise, to due process of law, and to equal protection of the laws for all people throughout the United States and its jurisdictions. The ACLU's objects shall be sought wholly without political partisanship.'"
"990 Form: Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax," www.guidestar.org, Nov. 18, 2010