Private nonprofit organizations whose primary purpose is to protect and promote the broad civil rights of groups and civil liberties of individuals, to work for the realization of specific social or political goals or to encourage the participation of people in the public policy debate.
Scope notes: USE Major Group R for legal rights organizations that use the courts to secure civil rights and liberties; USE Legal Services (I80) for organizations that focus on or provide legal services to individuals.
Includes: Organizations that work to improve relations between racial, ethnic, and cultural groups; advocacy and citizen action groups that work to change public policy and opinion in a variety of areas; organizations that use courts to protect and enlarge civil rights and liberties; and organizations that promote voter education and registration.
Excludes: Animal rights groups, (see D-Animal Related); or groups using advocacy as a method to achieve goals in a particular subject area such as food, housing and education. In these cases, use the common code 01 in the appropriate major group area.
See also: Common Code 01
Organizations that protect the rights of people guaranteed by the Constitution and promote the passage of laws or other social measures that extend individual rights or more effectively protect them. Use this code for organizations that advocate for a wide variety of civil liberties or for specific rights that are not specified below.
Key words: Academic Freedom; Bill of Rights; Civil Liberties; Constitutional Rights; Criminal Rights; Cyber-Liberties; Death Penalty Advocacy; Death Penalty Issues; Due Process; Freedom of Association; Freedom of Information; Freedom of Religion; Gun Control Advocacy; Legal Rights; Library Censorship; Political Rights; Right of Assembly; Right to Bear Arms; Right to Privacy
Scope notes: Includes: Death penalty issues; Due process; Freedom of information; Freedom of religion; and the Right to privacy.
See also: Legal Services