Know Your Rights

As part of our work in the defense of civil liberties, the ACLU of Michigan issues reports, position papers, booklets and advocacy materials that study and note developments in civil liberties.

If you believe your rights have been violated, file a legal complaint with us today.



Know Your Petitioning Rights: Frequently Asked Questions

This 5-page FAQ includes commonly asked questions about petitioners rights and restrictions in Michigan, touching on free speech and freedom of assembly.

Your Rights & Responsibilities When Facing School Discipline

Facing expulsion or suspension at school? Parents, teachers, students and administrators all have rights and responsibilities. This printable pocket guide can help you keep track.
Descargar Esta Enfrentando Suspension o Expulsion? (pdf)

Know Your Rights When Stopped by Police, Immigration Agents or the FBI

We rely on the police to keep us safe and treat us all fairly, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin or religion. This printable pocket guide provides tips for interacting with police and understanding your rights.
Descargar Si La Policia o Agentes de Inmigracion o el FBI lo Detiene (pdf)

Know Your Rights: Protected Speech at Protests and Demonstrations

The right to protest and express your opinions is one of the most basic and important rights in the U.S. Download this guide before planning a protest or demonstration.


What's Happened to Free Speech?

This 15-page publication includes numerous free-speech cases the ACLU has worked on.

Unelected & Unaccountable: Emergency Managers and Public Act 4's Threat to Representative Democracy

Michigan’s Public Act 4 has been a lightning rod for controversy since its enactment on March 16, 2011. The emergency managers have the power to suspend the authority of mayors and city councils and to administer and legislate in their place. They can even dissolve a local government if they have the Governor’s consent. These sweeping powers have triggered a considerable outcry in many quarters.

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