Free Speech Under Fire: The ACLU Challenge to ""Protest Zones""

September 23, 2003

List of Plaintiffs

Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now
ACORN is the nation's largest community organization of low- and moderate-income families, with over 150,000 member families organized into 700 neighborhood chapters in 51 cities across the country.  ACORN's priorities include: better housing for first-time home buyers and tenants, living wages for low-wage workers, more investment in our communities from banks and governments, and better public schools.  ACORN achieves its goals by building community organizations through direct action, negotiation, legislation, and voter participation.  

USAction
USAction is among the nation's largest progressive activist organizations, dedicated to winning social and economic justice for all.  The group represents over three million members in 33 affiliates. USAction's priorities include advocating for affordable healthcare for all, improving public education, promoting corporate responsibility, making the country's tax system fairer for lower-income people, and opposing the war with Iraq.  USAction achieves its goals through voter mobilization, legislative lobbying and direct actions, including protests.   

United for Peace and Justice
UFPJ is a coalition of more than 650 local groups and national organizations throughout the United States who have joined together to oppose the current Administration's policy of militarism and warfare, and to promote peace and economic justice.  UFPJ's priorities include educating the public about the current Administration's threat to civil liberties and immigrant's rights and the dangers of globalization and nuclear proliferation.  Founded in October 2002, UFPJ and its participating organizations have already helped organize hundreds of protests and rallies around the country, and organized the two largest demonstrations in the United States against the Iraq war.  

National Organization for Women
NOW is the country's oldest and largest grassroots feminist organization, with over 500,000 contributing members in more than 450 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  Since its inception in 1967, NOW's purpose has been to take action to achieve full equality for women in all spheres of life including the economic, the social and the political.  To that end, NOW and its local chapters engage in demonstrating, picketing, protesting, marching, and non-violent civil disobedience, as well as voter education and voter registration drives, direct and grassroots lobbying, bringing lawsuits, and participating in administrative rulemaking proceedings.

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