A child born to a Black mother in a state like Mississippi . . . has exactly the same rights as a white baby born to the wealthiest person in the United States. It's not true, but I challenge anyone to say it is not a goal worth working for.
— Thurgood Marshall
Poor people are one of the least powerful groups in the United States and their civil liberties are therefore always in a precarious state. The ACLU has historically defended the rights of the poor against government arbitrariness and abuse. Today, that work continues in defending poor peoples’ access to the courts, to effective counsel in criminal cases, to equal educational opportunities, and to public accommodations. We also work to undo serious flaws in the nation’s welfare laws that undermine the privacy and dignity of low-income families.