Wednesday, January 20, 2010

On January 20

On this day in ...
... 1920 (90 years ago today), the 3-year-old organization known as the National Civil Liberties Bureau, an offshoot of the 5-year-old American Union Against Militarism, "a group of social workers, reform advocates, and academics organized ... in response to the slide of the United States towards the European war," was renamed the American Civil Liberties Bureau, and within months became known as the American Civil Liberties Union. The name change was "intended to signal an expanded mission beyond the support of conscientious and political objectors to American military intervention in Europe." Among the projects within the ACLU's current mission is the John Adams Project. Evocative of the unpopular representation, by the man who would become the 2d U.S. President, of British troops accused in the Boston Massacre, this project aids legal representation for persons detained at Guantánamo.

(Prior January 20 posts are here and here.)

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