When the COVID-19 pandemic reached our state in March, the ACLU of Connecticut had to adjust. Our office became fully remote. The legislative session shut down. Like millions of others, our staff began juggling work and family care. Yet we knew defending civil rights and civil liberties is most critical during these times of emergency, when our marginalized neighbors are at risk of being left behind and the systemic racism in Connecticut and across our country is particularly endangering Black people. As a result, we’ve given this year our all. 

As we close out 2020 and look ahead to 2021, voters have selected the next U.S. President and a new Connecticut legislature. Led by Black organizers, voters have shown that ending racism must be a priority of every incoming elected official in Connecticut. Nationally, the ACLU will hold the Biden/Harris administration and Congress accountable for making bold racial justice changes, not just to undo harms of the Trump administration but to push forward. And what happens at the state and local levels is even more critical. Whatever lies ahead, we are ready to roll up our sleeves and work harder than ever for racial justice.

This year has not been easy. Fighting the systems that have made this year worse than it needed to be is going to take long-term work. 

Read more in our 2020 newsletter below.