The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee (ACLU-TN) is freedom’s watchdog, challenging government abuse of rights and fighting for fairness in our laws and their enforcement. We are dedicated to translating the guarantees of the Bill of Rights into reality for all Tennesseans, moving our state forward as we work to protect and promote justice and equality.
What We Do
- Pursuing significant reform in the criminal justice system, focusing on reducing mass incarceration, eliminating racial and economic disparities, and ensuring police accountability;
- Protecting and expanding access to the ballot box;
- Defending a woman’s right to comprehensive reproductive health care;
- Protecting the guarantees of the First Amendment, including religious freedom and freedom of speech;
- Safeguarding privacy rights against government surveillance; and
- Advancing LGBT equality.
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Who We Are
The thousands of ACLU-TN supporters in Tennessee include clergy and musicians, doctors and lawyers, farmers and factory workers, retirees and students, Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians, citizens and non-citizens, and people across the spectrum of geography, sexual orientation, income and religion.
We represent the diversity of beliefs that the Bill of Rights was written to protect. While we may not always agree, we share a commitment to the defense of civil liberties and a dedication to freedom and fairness under the Constitution.
Headquartered in Nashville, ACLU-TN’s work is conducted by a staff of seven, as well as volunteers, interns and cooperating attorneys. Our statewide board of directors sets policy, raises funds, and provides fiduciary and legal oversight.
We pursue our mission with the financial support of generous private donors, dues-paying members and foundation grants. We do not receive any government funds.