I don’t usually become an official member of activist groups, even the ones I frequently donate to, but I’ve decided to make an exception for the ACLU. Below is what I gave the ACLU as my optional statement on why I joined.
“I’ve donated to the ACLU foundation before, including recently, but I’ve decided to formally join the ACLU because you’re the organization that best represents my values and you do the incredibly hard work to defend and advance civil rights in the United States.
I don’t agree with everything you do, but I admire your commitment to defend the civil rights of everyone, no matter their political stance or the (occasionally offensive to me) nature of their activities. Your work makes the United States a better nation.”