Protecting Civil Liberties in Montana
The ACLU of Montana works on the state, local and national level to protect the Constitutional rights we all cherish, whether it be testifying in front of state legislators or city commissions, advocating for policies that protect our rights at work, home and school, or monitoring and commenting on the actions of state committees and agencies that impact our civil liberties.
The ACLU of Montana helped promote a nondiscrimination ordinance in Missoula that protects gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people in the workplace, housing and public accommodations, and is working on a similar ordinance in Helena now; worked with our reproductive freedom allies to promote and ultimately protect a new Helena public schools sex education curriculum; and joined with other members of Montanans for Safe and Healthy Families, a coalition of 25 organizations, to successfully keep off of the ballot for the last two election cycles a constitutional amendment intended to ban abortion in every circumstance (CI-100 and CI-102). We're working on keeping a similar initiative off the ballot this year, as well.
On the legislative level, Montana faced some serious threats to civil liberties in 2011, but staved off the worst attacks against our civil liberties.signing up for our e-lerts and taking action on issues when action is needed most.