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What are civil Rights?

When most people hear the term Civil Rights they think of the civil rights movement for racial equality. It is true that the civil rights movement in the 60's helped pave the way for racial equality but, civil rights are for ALL persons in the US. Civil Rights help to protect you from unfair treatment or discrimination, because of your race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex (gender), or religion. Both citizens and non US citizens are entitled to the essential civil rights and liberties. 

Where is a list of Civil Rights

  • Right to a fair public trial, including competent counsel, a fair bond, an impartial jury, knowledge of charges, and presumption of innocence. 
  • Right to privacy and freedom from unwarranted searches and seizures, including secret surveillance of phone and internet usage, and investigation of medical, financial, and library records.
  • Freedom from arbitrary and indefinite detention and arbitrary and unfair deportation.
  • Freedom from cruel and abusive treatment and punishment, including so-called 'alternative interrogation techniques', humiliating and degrading treatment, and torture as defined by international law.
  • Freedom of speech and assembly, including the right to dissent without fear of government spying or intimidation.
  • Freedom from discriminatory treatment based on race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, or political beliefs.

There are many Civil Rights Organizations that can help you better understand your rights. Most of these organizations also offer legal help or advice when needed.

Here are a few of my favorite Civil Rights Organizations.

Civil Rights Org     ACLU   OneAmerica

For a list of Civil Rights Organizations go here

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