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In the 1960s, the ACLU continued its decades-long effort to enforce separation of church and state.
It defended several anti-war activists during the Vietnam War.
The board of directors consists of 80 persons, including representatives from each state affiliate, as well as at-large delegates.
The organization has its headquarters in 125 Broad Street, a 40-story skyscraper located in Lower Manhattan, New York City.
In addition to representing persons and organizations in lawsuits, the ACLU lobbies for policy positions that have been established by its board of directors.
Current positions of the ACLU include: opposing the death penalty; supporting same-sex marriage and the right of LGBT people to adopt; supporting birth control and abortion rights; eliminating discrimination against women, minorities, and LGBT people; supporting the rights of prisoners and opposing torture; and opposing government preference for religion over non-religion, or for particular faiths over others.
At its discretion, the national organization provides subsidies to smaller affiliates that lack sufficient resources to be self-sustaining; for example, the Wyoming ACLU chapter received such subsidies until April 2015, when, as part of a round of layoffs at the national ACLU, the Wyoming office was closed.
Legal support from the ACLU can take the form of direct legal representation or preparation of amicus curiae briefs expressing legal arguments when another law firm is already providing representation.During the 1930s, the ACLU started to engage in work combating police misconduct and supporting Native American rights.Many of the ACLU's cases involved the defense of Communist party members and Jehovah's Witnesses.In the year ending March 31, 2014, the ACLU and the ACLU Foundation had a combined income from support and revenue of 0.4 million, originating from grants (50.0%), membership donations (25.4%), donated legal services (7.6%), bequests (16.2%), and revenue (0.9%).The local affiliates solicit their own funding; however, some also receive funds from the national ACLU, with the distribution and amount of such assistance varying from state to state.