About 2017-03-28T06:53:21+00:00

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

ACLU-TN uses a mix of strategies – advocacy, legislative lobbying, litigation and public education– to protect and advance your rights. We work proactively to pursue policies, practices and laws that protect Tennesseans against unfair and unequal treatment. ACLU-TN’s priority areas are:

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Who We Are

First organized in 1968, ACLU-TN is a statewide, private, non-partisan, non-profit membership organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the enduring values of freedom, fairness, justice and equality.

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.

ACLU-TN is an affiliate of the national ACLU. We work collaboratively with both our national office and with other state affiliates across the country.


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.