78 years of Liberty

This week Liberty turned 78 years old. It’s hard to believe but it’s now been more than three quarters of a century since we were first formed as the National Council for Civil Liberties. That sounds like a long time, but the similarities between February 1934 and February 2012 are quite startling.

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80 years of campaigning

The National Council for Civil Liberties was founded in 1934, as a response to brutal police attempts to stop people peacefully protesting.

Ever since, we’ve been working to challenge injustice wherever we find it, defend freedom and make the UK a fairer, more equal place.

Our members have campaigned on a huge range of issues over the last 80 years – from fighting fascism, mass surveillance, internment and abuse of police power, to defending free speech and demanding equal rights for all.

But our principles and aims have remained constant. We want rights to be protected and freedom valued for everyone in the UK.

Today – as Liberty – we strive to continue the work the Council began.

Our historical archives are maintained on our behalf by the University of Hull and are open to the public. Contact Hull History Centre to find out how you can visit them.

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Happy Birthday Liberty

24 February 2009

75 years ago today the human rights group Liberty (the National Council of Civil Liberties) was launched by a group of high profile figures of the day including HG Wells, Harold Laski, Vera Brittain and led by Ronald Kidd.

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