There are a number of ways you can work with the ACLU of Iowa to further civil liberties in our state and nation. 

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We need to hold our elected officials accountable and ensure they protect the civil rights and liberties of all Iowans. Most importantly, they need to hear from people like you — their constituents. When legislators hear from the people who live in their districts it makes the biggest impact. 
We'll call on you at critical moments during the legislative session to contact legislators, reach out to other ACLU members, or show up to the Capitol with us. Find out more and sign up here.


The ACLU nationally has started a grassroots advocacy group to capitalize on the rising concern about assaults on our civil liberties. Sign up for People Power, and you'll be connected locally, statewide, and nationally to calls to action and organizing centering on the most urgent issues of the day. Find out more and sign up here. 


We need help with everything from clerical assistance and research to helping staff booths at events to writing letters to the editor to doing translations to taking photographs or shooting video.

If you have a skill, we're sure to have a need for it! You don't even need to be in the Des Moines area. We have volunteer work that can be done wherever you are located. Fill out this form to get started. 


If you are an attorney practicing in Iowa, you might be interested in serving as an ACLU of Iowa cooperating attorney, on our legal committee, or in another capacity. Find out more.


Though we won't be hosting an in-person Lobby Day this year, there are actions you can take each day of session to lobby your legislator. Use this toolkit to raise your voice for civil liberties while following expert health guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This kit includes the ACLU of Iowa's legislative priorities, the legislature's new COVID-19 remote participation protocols, and strategies and resources for engaging with your legislators without physically going to the Capitol.