There is a real power of what we as members can do. It was members from different walks of life who brought to light many of the cases the ACLU/SC has taken up – like the abysmal treatment of homeless people by the city of Laguna Beach. We are on the front lines of civil rights, and what we see and do can really make a difference.
As a budget analyst, I understand that how people spend their money is a statement of what they really value. That’s true for cities, communities and organizations. And it’s why I am so committed to the ACLU of Southern California. It is one of the few organizations that fights for civil rights but also understands that economic justice is a civil right.