We believe the death penalty inherently violates the constitutional ban against cruel and unusual punishment and the guarantees of due process of law and equal protection under the law. The state should not give itself the right to kill human beings.
We work to reform the criminal justice system and make the promise of fair treatment a reality for all people. Especially in the face of economic crisis, our government should invest in alternatives to incarceration and make prisons options of last – not first – resort.
We are dedicated to protecting and expanding the freedoms of expression, association, and inquiry; expanding the right to privacy and increasing the control that individuals have over their personal information; and ensuring civil liberties are enhanced rather than compromised by new advances.
Freedom of speech is protected in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights and is guaranteed to all Americans. Without it, other fundamental rights like the right to vote, would wither and die.
We believe the fundamental constitutional protections of due process and equal protection embodied in our Constitution and Bill of Rights apply to every person, regardless of immigration status.
We have a long history defending the LGBT community. To end discrimination, we seek both to change the law and to convince Americans that sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination is wrong.