Join the Next Generation Society of the ACLU of Illinois!

The Next Generation Society of the ACLU is a diverse group of activists, artists, leaders, and engaged community members committed to supporting the essential work of the ACLU and safeguarding civil liberties for future generations. ACLU Next Generation members are committed to playing an active role in the key issues that will shape our future.

The Society and its Members – alongside a community of partners, clients, volunteers, and supporters – make the ACLU’s work possible in Illinois and throughout the country. This includes efforts to end mass incarceration, reform the criminal legal system and policing, defend reproductive freedom, advance LGBTQ rights, protect privacy, and more. Thanks to the commitment of its members, the Next Generation Society of the ACLU fully funds a staff attorney position each year - the Next Generation Society Staff Attorney.

Members of the Society get exclusive access to Society and ACLU events, receive in-depth ACLU updates, and have other opportunities to partner on our nationwide work to protect and advance the rights of all people. In addition, Society members are among the first to be notified about opportunities to volunteer, protest, and help the ACLU as it fights to preserve our liberties.

For a limited time, the purchase of a Next Generation Society membership includes a ticket to the SPIN Happy Hour on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at SPIN Ping Pong Club (344 N. State St)! Tickets include a great selection of beer and wine, hors d'oeuvres, and all the ping pong you can handle! Learn more about the event or purchase additional tickets here.

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The Next Generation Society of the ACLU is open to all who are passionate about defending our civil liberties and protecting our democracy. If the cost of $125 is a barrier to you, please reach out to us about a sponsored membership. Students can join at no cost, please sign up here.

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