In its waning months, the Bush administration's failed policies and abuses of power have continued unabated, and it's clear that most of the country is ready for change. It could have been discouraging, but as we look back over our work the past year we were struck by the fact that with your help our members and donors we were able to remain an assertive, credible force directly confronting the administration and its agencies. The ACLU was able to fight for change on both a national and local level, demanding a return to the principles of governmental checks and balances and due process upon which this country was founded. Some of those battles resulted in clear victories for the Constitution.

We thank you for all the ways you have supported our efforts to make positive differences this year – tabling at events, making phone calls and sending e-mails to your legislative representatives, educating yourself about the issues and spreading what you’ve learned to your family and friends. Most of all, the ACLU of Southern California appreciates you for remaining vigilant in support of civil rights and civil liberties. We thank you for not remaining silent.