100+ Sites Every Civil Liberties Advocate Should Have Bookmarked
Don’t get your news on an important issue like civil liberties from just one source. Below are the best 100 civil liberty sites ranging from left to right and everywhere in between. If you have a site you think we should include, please share it with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Government Sites Every Civil Liberties Advocate Should Have Bookmarked
The enforcer of civil liberties, the United States has various governmental sites visitors can stop by to check out the civil liberty issue of their choice.
- The US Government’s Office Web Portal: Stop here first for any and all questions relating to the government and civil liberties. They have resources for citizens, businesses, non-profits, visitors, and even an A-Z listing of federal, state, and local, government agencies.
- White House: See what the president has planned for the country via a slide show on the homepage. There is even a section on civil rights and President Obama’s plans concerning them.
- United States House of Representatives: Now in it’s 111th congress, this is the site for information on all the representatives from across the nation. You can see what issues are currently on the floor, read U.S. law, find a bill, and get roll call votes.
- U.S. Senate: Read the latest issue being addressed by the Senate by stopping here. You can also get a live video stream of the Capitol dome and This Week in Senate History.
- Supreme Court of the United States: Visitors can do a Google like search for documents containing a phrase of their choice directly from the homepage. There are also links for recent decisions, oral arguments, opinions, journals, and more.
- United States Department of Justice: Highlights of the site include Medicare fraud, the Recovery Act, and the mission in Iraq. They also have various sections on what they do and how to perform common tasks over the internet.
- Central Intelligence Agency: Whether you think the CIA protects civil liberties or infringes on it, the site is still worth a look. It has a world factbook and leader information, studies in intelligence, a library, and even a page for kids.
- Department of Defense: This site has news and information on every branch of the military and beyond. Read the latest headlines or get links to one of their dozens of sites.
- Guantanamo Bay: Get the latest updates on proceeding and hearings in the most noted of United States prisons by stopping here. There are also various headlines on their mission, as well as an impressive photo gallery.
ACLU Sites Every Civil Liberties Advocate Should Have Bookmarked
A leader in civil liberties, the American Civil Liberties Union has many resources to utilize online.
- ACLU: The main site contains information on issues such as justice, death penalty, disability, drugs, free speech, etc. Stop by for the latest news, a Blog of Rights, and loads of videos.
- NYCLU: The New York Chapter of the ACLU can be found here, as well as pages on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and others. There is also event information and a media center.
- ACLU of Washington: Get the latest in D.C. developments by visiting this site. You can also read updates on legislation or follow their Twitter feed.
- ACLU of Texas: Read the Liberty Blog or get information on one of their many local chapters. Scroll over to programs to get information on volunteering, meetings, issues, and even multimedia.
- ACLU of Florida: A highlight of this site is the myths and facts about the Santa Rosa County lawsuit and the LGBT year in review. They also list their top issues which include national security, voting rights, and free speech.
- ACLU of Northern California: With more than one branch in the state, this is currently the most visited. It serves San Francisco and many of the surrounding areas with many resources such as an online library.
- Affiliates: If you don’t live in the above areas, try stopping here to visit the ACLU site in your state. You can even browse by the issue you wish to support/oppose.
International Sites Every Civil Liberties Advocate Should Have Bookmarked
Go outside the borders of the United States and see how civil liberties are advocated for globally.
- United Nations: With a special section for human rights, get the latest from the U.N. here. Check out the latest news, issues, or read more information from one of the sub-offices.
- Liberty: This organization protect civil liberties and human rights in the United Kingdom. Visitors can view the latest news, read policy reports, and even learn more about their own rights.
- B.C. Civil Liberties Association: This has been the voice of liberty in Canada since 1962. You can get resources in both English and French.
- The Canadian Civil Liberties Association: Another Canadian based site, this non-profit deals with issues of civil and human rights for everyone. They have a list of current issues and even resources for those in the schools.
- Civil Liberties Australia: This organization promotes people’s rights and civil liberties. Sections contain issues that are important to them, opinions, articles, and even submissions.
- European Court of Human Rights: Based in France, they hold many hearings on the issue of human rights. You can check out their latest findings, view pending cases, and more.
- Human Rights First: HRF believes that building respect for human rights and the rule of law will help stem tyranny, extremism, intolerance, and violence. You can learn about their work, watch videos, and hear how to help them take action.
- International Justice Network: The IJN leads human rights initiatives around the world by providing direct legal assistance and expertise to victims. They also have a global network of legal professionals, non-governmental organizations, and community-based human rights advocates in order to protect and promote human rights and the rule of law.
Democrat Sites Every Civil Liberties Advocate Should Have Bookmarked
These sites contain the best of the left in civil liberties and politics.
- The Democratic Party: The official site, you can read the blog, see what actions are being taken, and get lots of information. There are also details on a 50 state strategy and how to join Team Obama.
- Barack Obama: Visit the president’s very own website containing how he will organize for America. There is also a blog and a listening tour events schedule.
- Democratic Underground: This site has both the latest and greatest in news and journals. There are also forums that contain discussions on hot topics.
- The Huffington Post: Started by Arianna Huffington, this site contains news, along with a video blogging community. In addition to politics, they also cover business, entertainment, green, and other topics.
- Salon.com: Stop here for the latest in news and opinion. Daily updates include 5 things, how the world works, and others.
- MoveOn: Millions of readers stop here to get news, views, and more. Check out their success stories or current campaigns.
- Wonkette: Get all the D.C. gossip by visiting this popular site. Current hot topics include racism, YouTube, Obama, and David Paterson.
- Michael Moore: An award winning documentary maker, his new film is entitled “Capitalism: A Love Story.” The site offers an election guide, letters from Mike, must reads, and more.
- Stonewall Democrats: The national voice of LGBT Democrats.
Republican Sites Every Civil Liberties Advocate Should Have Bookmarked
These political sites offer the best in civil liberties from the right side.
- Republican National Committee: The homepage contains a flash screen containing the hottest issues such as healthcare and senior rights. Visitors can also read the blog and see where the RNC is in their part of the country.
- GOP.gov: Follow Republicans in congress with the help of this website. There are resources on health care, a policy watch, blogs, solutions, and more.
- Republican Governors Association: Currently chaired by Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, it is also where names such as Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal have spoken. Current hot topics include energy 101, good policy, and the comeback.
- Politico: Follow all the happenings in D.C. by visiting this site. You can read the latest news, columns, and get daily briefings on hot topics.
- Human Events: The self described “conservative underground,” they cover news, views, and books. Read the latest entry by contributors such as Newt Gingrich and Ted Nugent, or watch one of their many videos.
- Sean Hannity: With his own radio show and television program on Fox News, Sean is one of the leading conservative commentators in the country. Get links to his favorite sites, listen to his show live from the site, and more.
- Young Republican National Federation: Learn more about joining this club by visiting here. You can also get resources, read headlines, and follow them on various social networks.
- GOP USA: Get the latest news on “the grand old party” by stopping here. You can also visit the active forums to join a discussion.
- Save the GOP: Scroll down to see the latest on how this blog hopes to save the Republican party. You can also view stories by tag.
- National Black Republican Association: Get the latest news on African Americans in politics, Republican and beyond, here. The NBRA strives to promote the traditional values of the black community such as strong families, faith in God, personal responsibility, quality education, and equal opportunities for all.
- Republican Website Program: Have a like minded group or organization? Then visit here to see it listed and get more tools.
Political Sites Every Civil Liberties Advocate Should Have Bookmarked
Get civil liberties and politics from the view of alternate parties or independent voices here.
NEW JudicialNominations.org: The American Constitution Society recently launched a new web-site, JudicialNominations.org, that tracks vacancies, nominations, and other developments in the courts, including congressional statements, video, and actions.
- Libertarian Party: If you believe in smaller government, lower taxes, and more freedom, check out this political party. They have headlines, a blog, video, and much more.
- Green Party: The ten key values of this party include grassroots democracy, social justice, and ecological wisdom. Visitors can read their latest news release, get election information, or check out their Facebook or Twitter pages.
- CPUSA: Stop by here if you are curious or just want to learn more about the Communist party in America. Categories include current issues, national meetings, elections, and more.
- Glassbooth: Don’t know which party or candidate you lean towards? Then stop here to take a quiz on the candidates and issues you most closely align with and why.
- Vote Smart: Get extensive, non-partisan information on a political candidate’s voting history by stopping here. You can also search by issues, ballot measures, and locally.
- FactCheck: Ever heard or read something you felt wasn’t true? Then check out this site by the Annenberg Public Policy Center to get the back story, as well as a fact of the day and mailbag questions.
- Media Research Center: Similar to the above, they go behind the story to expose any media inaccuracies. Check out one of their top videos or stop by Newsbusters.
- Rassmussen Reports: One of the most accurate polling centers in the world, they have one of the most comprehensive public opinion databases. You can check out their latest poll, or view one of the archived.
- Spot-On: Get online political campaign solutions here. Politicians come here for advice on elections, but they also have a blog and editorial page.
- Log Cabin Republicans: Log Cabin Republicans is the nation’s only organization of Republicans who support fairness, freedom, and equality for gay and lesbian Americans.
Community Sites Every Civil Liberties Advocate Should Have Bookmarked
Visit or join these communities to meet and discuss with others who are interested in civil liberties.
- Meetup.com: The world’s largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. More than 2,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities.
- Townhall: Check out columns from noted writers such as Ann Coulter, Thomas Sowell, Bill O’Reilly, and others. You can also start your own, listen to talk radio from the internet, and get podcasts.
- Daily Kos: Both top writers, along with everyday bloggers, come here to share their own political diaries. Read them all or start your own.
- SpeakOut: Stop here to voice your opinion on politics, activism, and more. Choose your issue from the activism center or read the latest.
- Drinking Liberally: An informal, inclusive progressive social group. Raise your spirits while you raise your glass and share ideas with like-minded, left-leaning individuals.
News Sites Every Civil Liberties Advocate Should Have Bookmarked
Stop by the below for the latest in civil liberty, political, and other headlines.
- CNN: With headlines being updated constantly, this site is definitely a first look for just about every story. Read the most recent, most popular, and there are thousands of video news stories to choose from.
- Real Clear Politics: Don’t want to jump from site to site looking for political headlines? Then stop here to read them all gathered in one place from sources such as “The Wall Street Journal,” “The New York Times,” and many others.
- Drudge Report: This site made one of the most impressive new breakthroughs when they broke the Lewinsky scandal. Visit for the latest in headlines and more.
- TIME: One of the longest running print publications, they are possibly most famous for their “Person of the Year” issue. Check out the latest headlines or visit the multimedia center.
- World Net Daily: A free press for free people, this internet news provider keeps an eye on big brother. Subjects include commentary, money, whistle blower, and others.
- MSNBC: “The place for politics,” you can also get weather, business, health, entertainment, and more. Current popular entries are on the world’s tallest man and a woman who was implanted with the wrong embryo.
- Fox News: With a mantra of “We report. You decide,” stop here for news on politics, business, and many other topics. They also have useful resources on health and GretaWire, where the hottest issues are discussed.
- The Guardian: Get news focused on the United Kingdom by visiting this site. It contains political topics for both the U.K. and U.S., along with the rest of the world.
- AlterNet: News magazine and online community that creates original journalism and amplifies the best of hundreds of other independent media sources.
Women’s Rights Sites Every Civil Liberties Advocate Should Have Bookmarked
These civil liberty sites focus on the rights of women and girls
- CARE: This global organization fights poverty, particularly among women. Web features include photo galleries, videos, and special reports.
- Coalition Against Trafficking of Women: Founded in 1988, CATW was the first international non-governmental organization to focus on human trafficking, especially sex trafficking of women and girls. Get the latest updates, along with resources in many languages.
- WILPF: The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom strives to defend human and women’s rights across the world. Current campaigns include democracy, Haiti, the Middle East, Cuba, and Save the Water.
- Afghan Women’s Network: The AWN works to provide a forum for action, lobbying on behalf of women to the Afghan government, and capacity building. Learn more by visiting the site.
- Feminist Peace Network: The FPN advocates for the human rights of women by raising awareness about misogyny and the global pandemic of violence against women. A blog like site, they have the latest in female rights headlines.
- National Organization for Women: Active since 1966, NOW has promoted a various array of women’s rights issues. Check out the hot topics, latest events, or read the National Now Times.
- Feminist Law Professors: Two law professors with a feminist point of view author this blog. It contains the latest headlines and opinions in women’s rights from the feminist point of view.
- Living the Legacy: Follow the United State’s women’s right movement from 1848 to 1998 with the help of this site. You can also get a detailed timeline and commentary on today’s issues.
- Equality Now: An international human rights organization dedicated to action for the civil, political, economic, and social rights of females. Read about their latest ventures in countries such as Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Discrimination Rights Sites Every Civil Liberties Advocate Should Have Bookmarked
Whether on race, color, religion, or other, these civil liberty sites address it.
- ADL: The Anti-Defamation League fights anti-Semitism, bigotry, and extremism. You can find a chapter in your area or read up on the latest issues.
- ColorLines: Stop here for a national news magazine on race and politics. You can read the latest in headlines or RaceWire, their blog.
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Facing housing discrimination issues? Then check out the HUD site to see what is being done about and how they can help you.
- National Council of La Raza: The largest Latino civil rights organization, the NCLR works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Select a topic, read a publication, or find an event in your area.
- Asian Human Rights Commission: Get updates on human rights issues in Asia and for Asians here. Check out a campaign, publication, press release, or urgent appeal.
- American Arab Anti Discrimination Committee: Goals of the ADC include defending the civil rights of Arab Americans, promoting civic participation, and supporting freedom in the Arab world.
- RACE: A project of the American Anthropological Association, they examine the realities of difference in races. There is a blog, history, lived experience, and even resources for kids.
- NAACP: The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has been in service since 1909. Find out how to become a member, more about programs, or read the blog.
LGBT Rights Sites Every Civil Liberties Advocate Should Have Bookmarked
Visit these sites to learn more about the civil liberties of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender individuals.
- GLAAD: The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation provides media advocacy and more to change both hearts and minds. Visitors can see what they are up to, check out the blog, and even get online publications such as “Best/Worst National News.”
- Change.org: With a section for gay rights, they also tackle women’s rights, homelessness, global warming, and human trafficking. Current top stories include marriage equality and Facebook.
- Gay Rights Watch: This blog contains all the gay you can take in a day. Topics include politics, the arts, and entertainment.
- Gay Straight Alliance Network: Both gay and straight people can join this organization to promote LGBT rights. Find one in your area, or start your own.
- International Lesbian and Gay Association: Since 1978, they have been fighting worldwide for LGBT rights. Get the latest headlines from all over the world, or select your country to learn more.
- ILBLA: The International Lesbian and Gay Law Association looks at the realm of LGBT rights from the legal point of view. You can learn about their upcoming conference, or learn more on the site.
- HRC: The HRC works for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equal rights. Read the latest news or find out what they are doing in your community.
- The Task Force: The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up.
Other Sites Every Civil Liberties Advocate Should Have Bookmarked
Get information on just about every other civil liberty issue by checking out these sites.
- Amnesty International: This organization seeks the freedom of those who are wrongly imprisoned. Spotlight issues include poverty, justice, the death penalty, violence against women, and the control of arms.
- American Center for Law & Justice: The ACLJ is specifically dedicated to the ideal that religious freedom and freedom of speech are inalienable, God-given rights. See what they are up to, read their blog, or get resources on social networking.
- Americans United for Separation of Church and State: Founded in 1947, the AU brings together Americans of many faiths and political viewpoints to defend church-state separation. Issues include defending the courts, faith based initiatives, and marriage.
- American Pictures: This lecture has been shown in over 6,500 institutions of higher education in the U.S. and Europe. You can get resources in both English and German.
- Big Fat Blog: Get information on civil liberties for the overweight by checking out this blog. Read the latest entries or visit the forums.
- Democracy Now: This radio show provides reports from independent and international journalists, along with ordinary people from around the world who are directly affected by U.S. foreign policy. Grassroots leaders and peace activists, artists, academics and independent analysts are also featured
- UNICEF: The United Nations Children’s Fund works for children’s rights, their survival, development, and protection. They have special reports, millennium goals, and even online television and radio stations.
Stay informed on all matters of civil liberty no matter your gender, race, religion, or political preference by utilizing the above 100 sites every civil liberties advocate should have bookmarked. They can help you stay informed, take action, and even meet others who share your opinions and values.
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