Flex Your Rights (Flex) is a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit launched in 2002. As a civil liberties organization, we are laser-focused on improving the constitutional literacy of all Americans. To accomplish this, we create and distribute the most compelling, trustworthy, and practical know-your-rights media content in the universe.
Success Online & On the Streets
The Flex Your Rights YouTube channel has surpassed 40 million views and 160 thousand subscribers. Our original articles are regularly featured in popular blogs including The Huffington Post, Reason Magazine, AlterNet, and Gizmodo.
And in addition to changing individual lives for the better, our work fights injustices and disparities in the criminal justice system by…
- Empowering community activists push back against unjust stop-and-frisks and other invasive police practices, and
- Influencing entire police departments to respect citizens’ constitutional rights
Constitutional Literacy Toolkit
In addition to our comprehensive web-based resources, we’ve produced and distributed more than 35 thousand copies of our original DVDs. Both titles are regularly screened in hundreds of college and high school classrooms. They are also embraced by police instructors, student and community activists, lawyers, and concerned parents.
- 10 Rules for Dealing with Police
Our newest 40-minute DVD is the most sophisticated and entertaining movie of its kind. Narrated by the legendary trial lawyer William “Billy” Murphy, Jr. (from HBO’s The Wire), this multi-language (English, Spanish, and Arabic) resource provides proven survival strategies for dealing with racial profiling and police abuse.
- BUSTED: The Citizen’s Guide to Surviving Police Encounters
Our first DVD, BUSTED has become a cult classic. Humor and helpful tips combine to make this video a must-see for Bill of Rights lovers. Narrated by retired ACLU director Ira Glasser, BUSTED realistically depicts the pressure and confusion of common police situations.
We’re now perfecting a set of online tools to help people build more powerful police complaints, moving their stories from the margins to the center of political action. We call this Open Police Complaints (OPC).