The 5th annual #GivingTuesday has come and gone but our gratitude for all of you will last much longer than the 24-hour, social media movement. It's been a wild year of defending civil liberties whether it be fighting Ohio's illegal voter purge, lobbying against abortion bans introduced in the Ohio General Assembly, suing police departments that use unconstitutional force, or advocating to change Ohio's discriminatory birth certificate policy, we've been hard at work, and there's no one we'd rather start 2018 with than you.

#GivingTuesday allows each of us to reflect on the work we do. Here are a few thoughts from members of our staff.

"I am a member of the ACLU of Ohio because we believe that liberty belongs to all Ohioans. The ACLU will continue to fight for every single one of us, every day. Stand with us. We’ve got your back," Ann Ruege, Development Manager.

“As ACLU law clerks and members of the organization, we get valuable legal experience with cutting edge programs and litigation that affect issues of civil liberties and civil rights in our community,” Sarah Ingles and Emily Anstaett, Law Clerks.

"I love the ACLU of Ohio because seeing first-hand how tireless the people of the ACLU work to protect our civil liberties has been inspiring.  I feel really lucky to be among people who think so deeply and profoundly about our country and its future," Emily Korona-Luscher, Major Gifts Officer.

"I support the ACLU of Ohio this #GivingTuesday because of our long standing opposition to the death penalty. Executions constitute cruel and unusual punishment, are administered unfairly, and do not deter crime," Jeff Miller, Technology Director.

“I give to the ACLU of Ohio because I see, firsthand, the dedication and drive this organization has to protect civil liberties. Supporting them instills confidence in me that we will continue to make this world a better place," Keely Buckley, Program Associate.

"I’m an ACLU member because I don’t think the government should be allowed to access our private cell phone information without a warrant. ACLU lawyers will argue the issue at SCOTUS next week, and we need your help," Emma Keeshin, Legal Assistant.

"A donation will protect your right to vote, speak, assemble, and love," Celina Coming, Communications Associate.

To learn more about what we have in store for 2018, view our work plan.