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June 10-12, 2018 | Washington, D.C.

You Belong Here

ACLU Conference


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The ACLU Conference brings together ACLU members and activists alike for learning, mobilization, and inspiration. The event is an opportunity for members from around the country to exchange ideas, to celebrate the extraordinary history of the ACLU, and to look forward to the challenges ahead.

Questions about the ACLU Conference? Find answers to all your commonly asked questions.  More info.

Full Weekend Pass

Includes access to all sessions, activities, meals, gala dinners, the Action Center, and Lobby Day Please note: the registration fee will increase to $550.00 after April 27, 2018.


One-Day Passes

Includes access to all sessions, activities, meals, and the Action Center on the chosen registration date.
Sun - $150.00
Mon - $250.00
Tues - $250.00
Prices for a one-day pass start at:



Includes access to all sessions, special youth programming, meals, and the Action Center. The discounted rate is for youth (ages 16-23) and only available using a special code from your state's Affiliate Office.


Action Center

Includes access to the Action Center on the chosen registration date.


Conference attendees will find direct access from the Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C. to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center via underground concourse connection. Click the image below for directions.


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Senator Elizabeth Warren
Congressman John Lewis
Cecile Richards
Patrisse Cullors
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Please see below for the conference schedule and continue to check back for updates about celebrity entertainment, film screenings, and guest speakers who are activists, legends, and public figures at the forefront of the civil liberties battle. Check out our workshop sessions below! Workshops are open to all and filled on a first come, first serve basis. You Belong Here!

*All Programming is Subject to Change Without Notice*

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2:00 pmConvention Center, Hall AACLU Action Center [More Info]
2:00 pmConvention CenterRegistration Opens [More Info]
3:00 pm - 4:00 pmMarriott Marquis D.C.Advocacy Training [More Info]
4:00 pmMarriott Marquis D.C.Youth Reception [More Info]
6:00 pmConvention Center, Hall AWelcome Dinner [More Info]
7:30 pmConvention Center, Hall AKeynote Address with Bryan Stevenson [More Info]
Bryan Stevenson
7:00 amConvention Center, Hall AACLU Action Center [More Info]
7:00 amConvention CenterRegistration Opens [More Info]
8:30 amConvention Center, Hall AMorning Plenary: The Rule of Law in the Age of Trump [More Info]
10:30 am - 12:00 pmMarriott Marquis D.C.Morning Workshops ~ View Sessions Below [More Info]
12:30 pmConvention Center, Hall ALunch Plenary: The Media, 1st Amendment and Democracy [More Info]
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmConvention Center, Hall ASenator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) [More Info]
3:00 pm - 4:45 pmMarriott Marquis D.C.Afternoon Workshops ~ View Sessions Below [More Info]
5:45 pmMarriott Marquis D.C.Evening Reception [More Info]
6:30 pmConvention Center, Hall AAwards Gala Dinner [More Info]
Representative John Lewis
Cecile Richards
7:00 amConvention Center, Hall AACLU Action Center [More Info]
7:00 amConvention CenterRegistration Opens [More Info]
8:30 amConvention Center, Hall AMorning Plenary [More Info]
10:30 am - 12:00 pmMarriott Marquis D.C.Morning Workshops ~ View Sessions Below [More Info]
12:30 pm - 2:00 pmConvention Center, Hall AClosing Lunch Plenary with Anthony Romero [More Info]
2:00 pmNo locationConference Formally Adjourns [More Info]
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Speaker Lineup

More Coming Soon!

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For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.

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Action Center

Let's Act

The Action Center exists to help you defend civil liberties now and grow your knowledge and skills to make an even bigger difference tomorrow. Discover opportunities to connect with other ACLU activists, learn about our most critical campaigns, and discover how to make the biggest impact with your time.

Take Action - Register Now

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Defending Your Rights Today
The Action Center will equip you with the tools you need to defend your rights. We'll have stations where you can take real-time advocacy actions on ACLU campaigns.

Why We Organize
Attendees can record their own story of why they volunteer and organize with the ACLU in a Story Corps-style booth.

ACLU Voter
Learn why the ACLU needs YOU to actively engage in the 2018 elections.

Regional Caucuses
Come represent your region and connect with other ACLU supporters from your region and beyond.

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Walter E. Washington Convention Center

This year’s conference will be held at the Convention Center (801 Mount Vernon Place NW) and Marriott Marquis Washington D.C. (901 Massachusetts Avenue NW). The ACLU has secured a limited number of rooms for attendees at the Marriott Marquis at a rate of $279 per night plus tax. The discounted rate is available until Friday, May 18, or until block is sold out. Call (202) 824-9200 and mention the ACLU Membership Conference to reserve a room.

Click here to make your hotel reservation online.

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Please be advised that the ACLU has not authorized any third party housing services or third party housing companies to represent the event and sell hotel rooms on our behalf. Only reserve your hotel room directly with the Marriott Marquis Washington D.C. using the information listed on this page.

ATTENTION: HI Washington DC is now sold out for the nights of June 10th and June 11th.

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