Mission

EQUAL RIGHTS, WHEREVER YOU LIVE.

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Our mission is simple: equality and civil rights for all Americans, wherever you live. Americans living in U.S. territories should not be treated as second-class citizens simply based on where they happen to live.

Equally American (formerly We the People Project) uses groundbreaking impact litigation and innovative grass roots organizing to overcome historic obstacles to change.

The second-class status of Americans in the territories violates our most basic democratic and constitutional principles.  Representation and the right to vote should not depend on where you live in the United States.  And contrary to the Supreme Court’s controversial and outdated decisions in the Insular Cases, which established a doctrine of “separate and unequal” status for Americans in the territories, Congress should not have the power to turn constitutional rights on and off in U.S. territories.

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Equally American offers a new vision and strategy that frames its advocacy around the simple idea that our core rights as Americans should not be based on where we live in the United States.  Whether one lives in a state or territory, our basic rights as citizens should be the same.  By bringing together the voices of the nearly 4 million Americans who live in the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, our goal is to start a new conversation that will elevate these issues to the national level and open the door to new possibilities.

Equally American is a joint project of Equally American Legal Defense & Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization, and Equally American Campaign, a 501(c)(4) organization.

Working together, we can achieve equal rights, wherever you live.

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Equally American is a non-partisan civil rights organization. It does not take a position on the political status of U.S. territories.

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