The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is the largest national advocate for the rights of people in the United States. They cover peoples human and civil rights in every state, plus Puerto Rico and Washington D.C., and have sued numerous governmental institutions and other entities when they trample on the rights of regular citizens.
The ACLU has been in existence for about 100 years and during that time has defended the liberties that are guaranteed by the Constitution and other laws that have been passed over the years since the country was founded.
The civil liberties that the ACLU spans the gamut from the rights of LGBT people to those who feel their rights have been violated in the current digital age where the government can easily keep tabs on people through the internet.
They also defend the right to abortion and will tackle any difficult legal issue if they feel someone has not been afforded the rights that they have in the United States.
There are now 2 million people that are members and supporters of the ACLU. The organization was founded by Roger Baldwin who started it with a comment that America would remain a democracy as long as enough people would be willing to fight for their rights.
When the ACLU was established, in 1920, it was remarkable that to that point not a single free speech claim had been upheld by the Supreme Court. There were thousands of people that were being held in jail, sometimes without a trial, because they had shared anti-war literature, for example. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia
Violence by authorities against African-Americans was perfectly acceptable and it had only been August of that very same year that woman could vote for the first time.
One organization that also fights for the rights of people is the Frontera Fund of Arizona. This organization was founded by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin who had personally experienced a violation of their rights when they were illegally arrested by officers working for the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona; Joe Arpaio.
They were accosted and arrested during the night and hauled off to jail because they had been investigating Arpaio for a number of year and he wanted to get hold of their reporter’s notes in order to see who was releasing information to them. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://about.me/michael-lacey and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
After winning a settlement from Maricopa County for having their rights violated they used the money to establish the Frontera Fund. The money is used to help others who are having their rights violated, in particular the Hispanic community of Arizona.
They support the rights of this community including those who are migrants and so very easily exploited by both employers and the government.