Take a look at resources from some of our allies in civil liberties at the local and national levels.

  • American Civil Liberties Union: ACLU works daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.
  • Defending Rights and Dissent: Defending Rights and Dissent, a joining of the former Bill of Rights Defense Committee and Defending Dissent Foundation, is a national non-profit grassroots organization working to defend the rule of law and rights and liberties challenged by overbroad national security and counter-terrorism policies. Sign up here to have their daily news digest and monthly newsletter delivered to your inbox.
  • Black People Against Police Torture: BPAPT was organized to lead the resistance within the African American Community against police torture in Chicago.
  • Center on Wrongful Convictions: The Center on Wrongful Convictions is dedicated to identifying and rectifying wrongful convictions and other serious miscarriages of justice in Illinois. The Center has three components: representation, research, and community services.
  • Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression: CAARPR was founded to organize against unjust treatment of individuals because of race or political beliefs, and continues to organize around various issues, including police torture.
  • Chicago Copwatch: Chicago Copwatch is part of a national network of organizations observing and documenting police conduct. “Copwatchers” go out on foot or driving patrols in their communities and videotape interactions between police and civilians.
  • Chicago Justice Project: Chicago Justice Project (CJP) is an independent, non-profit research organization. CJP strives to access and analyze data from criminal justice agencies to promote evidence based reforms that will better serve the justice needs of local communities.
  • Citizens Alert: Citizens Alert is Chicago’s oldest police accountability organization, and works for more humane and effective law enforcement in Chicago.
  • Committee to Stop FBI Repression: The Committee to Stop FBI Repression formed in response to the FBI raids on seven homes and an anti-war office in September 2010, and continues to organize on behalf of all served subpoenas, demanding an end to the grand jury proceedings against anti-war activists.
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation: For nearly 30 years, the EFF has been leading the charge to defend freedom on the internet, blazing a trail which civil society organizations continue to follow. CCDBR is a proud member of the EFF’s Electronic Frontier Alliance, which bolsters civil libertarians around the country in their fight to preserve civil liberties in digital spaces.
  • Electronic Privacy Information Center: EPIC is a public interest research center in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values.
  • Illinois Coalition Against Torture: ICAT is an association of individuals and community-based organizations working to end U.S. torture by state actors at all levels of government at home and abroad.
  • Lucy Parsons LabsThis small but mighty Chicago-based organization draws upon the formidable technical expertise of its membership to uncover the surveillance tactics used by law enforcement in the city. LPL also presents workshops, many of which CCBDR has had the privilege of hosting, to train activists to fend off threats to their protected First Amendment activities.
  • MacArthur Justice Center: Roderick MacArthur Justice Center (the Justice Center) is committed to addressing problems of police misconduct through systemic litigation.
  • National Lawyer’s Guild: NLG is a national non-profit legal and political organization of lawyers, legal workers, law students and jailhouse lawyers. The Chicago chapter has worked with the Committee to Stop FBI Repression to support and raise awareness for the targeted activists.
  • National Religious Coalition Against Torture: NRCAT is a membership organization of religious organizations committed to ending U.S. sponsored torture, and focuses on torture abroad and the U.S. prison system.
  • Tamms Year Ten: Tamms Year Ten is a grassroots all-volunteer coalition that came together to protest the misguided and inhumane polices at Tamms, and continues to advocate on behalf of prisoners for legislative change.