Join the Next Generation Society of the ACLU of Illinois - Student Membership

The Next Generation Society of the ACLU is a diverse group of activists, professionals, artists, emerging leaders, and other engaged citizens 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 help support the ACLU’s essential work in Illinois and throughout the nation, including efforts to reimagine policing in America, end mass incarceration, reform the criminal legal system, defend reproductive freedom, promote LGBTQ rights, protect privacy in the digital age, and more. Thanks to the commitment of ACLU Next Generation members, the Next Generation Society of the ACLU fully funds an ACLU staff attorney position each year - the Next Generation Society Staff Attorney, which was named in 2021. Elizabeth Jordan, whose work combats policing that harms and stigmatizes marginalized communities, including Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, immigrants, and LGBTQ+ communities, currently fills the position. Her work in partnership with impacted communities supports the ACLU’s advocacy to promote non-police responses that foster health and human dignity and to ensure that policing that is transparent, accountable, and equitable.

Members of the Society get exclusive access to Society and ACLU events, receive in-depth ACLU news and analysis, and have other unique opportunities to join in discussions about the most important issues in America today. 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. All society members are invited to an exclusive event at the ACLU once a year to celebrate the work of the Next Generation Society of the ACLU and hear from ACLU experts on the most pressing issues facing our communities.

In addition to all of the above, ACLU Next Generation members receive a range of benefits, which include:

  • An invitation to an exclusive annual Next Generation Society of the ACLU event for you and a friend
  • Regular updates on important ACLU activities, opportunities, and events
  • Insider access to ACLU events, including ACLU Town Halls, speaking engagements, and other programs
  • Networking opportunities with other ACLU Next Generation Society members, ACLU staff and the ACLU Board
  • A Next Generation Society of the ACLU membership card

With our country at a critical juncture, there is no better time to get involved and join the ACLU's Next Generation Society than now. Help the ACLU defend civil liberties for all.

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