The ACLU: Fighting for Freedom

This entry was posted on Nov 23, 2020 by Charlotte Bell.

In 1920, a committee of idealists (including Helen Keller) decided to start an organization. They named it the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and they had a mission. Their goal was to support to citizens whose constitutional protections had been violated, and they did exactly that.

Over the last 100 years, the ACLU has evolved into a powerful champion of the civil liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and its amendments. Today, the organization has 1.5 million members, 300 staff attorneys, thousands of volunteer attorneys, and 54 locations nationwide.

The ACLU is officially nonpartisan, provides legal assistance in civil liberties cases, and lobbies for the protection of citizens’ rights. Undoubtedly, they fight for freedom of speech and religion, equal rights for minority groups, privacy rights, the right to due process, and much more. The ability to have a say in our representative government is fundamental to democracy. To assist, ACLU filed 20 lawsuits to help protect voting rights in the 2020 election year.

Protecting the rights of Black and Indigenous people of color (BIPOC) is central to the ACLU’s mission. Their website states, “To create a world where ‘we the people’ truly means all of us, we must dismantle systemic racism and work to repair centuries of harm inflicted on communities of color.”

Hugger Mugger Yoga Products is proud to support the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the vital work of the ACLU. From October through December, a percentage of our net profits will go to support this organization. Please join us in supporting the inalienable rights of all American citizens.

For more information on The American Civil Liberties Union and how you can get involved, visit aclu.org.

About Charlotte Bell
Charlotte Bell discovered yoga in 1982 and began teaching in 1986. Charlotte is the author of Mindful Yoga, Mindful Life: A Guide for Everyday Practice and Yoga for Meditators, both published by Rodmell Press. Her third book is titled Hip-Healthy Asana: The Yoga Practitioner’s Guide to Protecting the Hips and Avoiding SI Joint Pain (Shambhala Publications). She writes a monthly column for CATALYST Magazine and serves as editor for Yoga U Online. Charlotte is a founding board member for GreenTREE Yoga, a non-profit that brings yoga to underserved populations. A lifelong musician, Charlotte plays oboe and English horn in the Salt Lake Symphony and folk sextet Red Rock Rondo, whose DVD won two Emmy awards in 2010.