Pro to the question "Is the ACLU Good for America?"
"Over the years, the ACLU's fortunes have waxed and waned because it tends to attract or lose members following specific actions it undertakes. That waxing and waning demonstrates the organization's success at its sole endeavor, defending and preserving the individual freedoms granted through the Bill of Rights.
Since its creation in 1920, the ACLU has been part of many milestone cases that help define and refine individual rights within a democratic society. It is because of a 1969 case the ACLU carried to the Supreme Court, Brandenburg v. Ohio, that we have a social definition of when an individual's right to free speech threatens the public good, 'imminent lawless action.' That case involved a member of the Ku Klux Klan, reminding us once again that, just as recently in Charlottesville, the organization doesn't just defend liberals or radicals, but everyone.
It's also worth noting that helping groups obtain halls or permits to express their political opinions is only one part of what the ACLU does. It has also challenged literary censorship, segregation, cruel and unusual punishments, gender inequality, and violations of the right to privacy and freedom of religion. The ACLU is one of the informal checks and balances protecting individuals against tyranny."
Experts Individuals with PhDs and JDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the ACLU. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the ACLU.
Involvement and Affiliations:
Professor of History, Women's and Gender Studies, St. Olaf College, 1986-present
PhD, History, University of California at Los Angeles, 1986
After Aquarius Dawned: How the Revolutions of the Sixties became the Popular Culture of the Seventies, 2017
The American Civil Liberties Union and the Transformation of American Liberalism, 2006
The Sitcom Reader: America Viewed and Skewed, 2005
Impossible to Hold: Women and Culture in the 1960s, 2005
Disco Divas: Women and Popular Culture in the 1970s, 2003
The Long War: The Intellectual people’s Front and Anti-Stalinism, 1930-1940, 1995
Kutulas writes on her St. Olaf profile that she was "born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, experiencing a classic California upbringing of summer sailing and winter skiing (no surfing, though). I quickly morphed from Girl Scout to wannabe hippie rebel; I saw the Grateful Dead play live before I entered high school."