The ACLU’s Next Endeavor: Organizing the People’s Power to Resist

In the weeks following President Donald Trump’s inauguration, we have seen the harms that his policies cause people around the world and the danger his actions represent for our civil liberties. Trump’s use of executive power has prompted the protest and defiance of millions, echoing the voices of many who know that our basic American values are being tested by our president. 

The ACLU will continue to defend our basic freedoms and hold this administration accountable for every unlawful or unconstitutional measure they propose. We will use the courts as one avenue to aggressively advance our agenda, but we cannot do it alone. 

That is why the ACLU is launching a major new grassroots mobilization platform, PeoplePower.org, in response to the growing number of people who believe that Trump’s actions cannot go unchallenged.

We’ve hired a group of digital organizers who have worked with activist groups, the White House, and Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign to help build and launch PeoplePower.org. With this platform, we hope to help organize the mass resistance to President Trump’s bankrupt policies. With a nationwide presence through our 50-plus state affiliates, the ACLU is well-positioned to take on the incredible responsibility of grassroots organizing coast to coast. This type of program is new for us at ACLU, but it is necessary if we are going to overcome the Trump administration’s attempts to curtail civil rights and eventually advance a 21st century civil liberties agenda.

On March 11, the ACLU will hold a “Resistance Training” town hall in Miami, Florida. An email ask went out today to the organization’s over 2.5 million members to organize thousands of grassroots events in communities across the country to watch the ACLU town hall. Full details on the training are forthcoming.

PeoplePower.org will use digital tools to communicate with and help train volunteers to resist President Trump’s unlawful policies across the country. The ACLU will promote ideas for action to defend sanctuary cities, resist deportation raids, oppose the Muslim Ban, maintain Planned Parenthood funding, and support other priorities. But the program will also seek to amplify organic, bottom-up grassroots actions. PeoplePower.org will be a one-stop hub for everyone looking to influence the national debate.

We ask you to join us as we build communities ready to resist Trump’s agenda and to protect our constitutional rights. The fight may not be easy, but it will be worth it. 

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Anonymous

Well, Clayton, you certainly have the right to say those things but just about every single thing you wrote is false.

1) Lots of other organizations care about Civil Rights.

2) All rights are "imaginary", in that they are human ideas with no tangible reality.

3) This is true - the ACLU does seek out cases where people's rights are being violated.

4) If Christians are the ones violating people's rights, then yes, true again. And because Christians are the vast majority of people, they will be the vast majority of rights-violators. But don't forget the famous case where the ACLU supported the KKK against a Jewish organization, saying the KKK had the same right as any other org to hold a march.

5) Rights absolutely do trump other rights. The right not to be slandered trumps the right to free speech. My right to swing my fist is trumped by your right to keep your face intact. Etc etc.

6) No, the First Amendment restricts the government from making laws "respecting the establishment of religion"--in other words, laws that make it seem like one religion is supported by the government when others aren't. Which happens a lot, like mounting huge Ten Commandments displays in front of courthouses but forbidding other religions from similar displays on government property.

7) Thomas Jefferson was the one who coined the phrase "separation of church and state", in 1801, describing the intent and effect of the First Amendment. It's hardly a myth.

8) Nope nope nope. By your logic, any law that involves religion would be equally illegal, so the courts would be right to strike them down. Either way, the courts do have a say on First Amendment matters.

9) Having torn apart every other statement, I'm no longer sure what "this kinds of cases" would mean...

Anonymouscollin...

First we get rid of the Mexicans,then the Jews, the blacks etc. then you morons can get rid of the liberals. And next you will start feeding on your own. Sounds like Poe Pot.

Anonymous

Both of which are the backbone of a democracy.

Anonymous

So how do you characterize the Tea Party who promoted civil unrest and civil disobedience if you don't comply with their conservative agenda? How do you characterize the actions of the paramilitary militias, hate groups, Ku Klux Klan and Skin Heads who have certainly use uncivil disobedience, bombings, lynchings and other acts of terror if you don't comply with their white supremacist agenda? You might want to check your own version of Political Correctness.

Zuriea

Huh? Dude, the brown shirts were the same as the Trumpsters today.

Anonymous

Yep, NAZI stands for National Socialist Workers Party.

That is not something us on the right believe in.

Anonymous

shut up .... being liberal is not wrong , if others believe different than u fucking deal with it u r not GOD

Anonymous

So WHY ARE YOU PROMOTING VIOLENCE and hate toward people who do not espouse to YOUR IDEOLOGY...The ACLU needs to now change their name to something more akin to your Ideology...and NOTHING that has AMERICAN...in it...YOUR PROMOTION OF VIOLENCE....SHOWS you are NOT FOR ALL AMERICANS INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS TO THOUGHT...

Anonymous

O.K., ACLU: Let's talk. If you are truly looking to protect CITIZEN'S rights under the AMERICAN Constitution, where were you when Obama orchestrated surveillance on the AMERICAN people? What are the inalienable rights of non-citizens when they are in conflict with OUR Constitution? How do your "progressive," positions protect all CITIZENS? You seem to only protect one element of society, while ignoring the wellbeing of OUR country. Frankly, supporting liberal policies without considering the detrimental actions of the liberal representatives, seems hypocritical and less than credible. You call yourselves, "American Civil Liberties...," but that is a misnomer, no?

Anonymous

First, a few definitions since you have used so many incorrectly.

1. The term "Brown Shirts" is a reference to Fascists. Fascists are on the far right of the political spectrum.

2. Communism is an economic system, not a political one.

3. Liberal means "open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values."

4. Peaceful demonstrations (this advocated by the Resistance movement) are not civil unrest. Those demonstrations have been infiltrated by far right extremists who support Trump, in order to discredit the Resistance.

The civil unrest we are seeing is actually coming from the fascists on the far right who support Trump, who ran on a racist agenda and encouraged his followers to commit violence at his rallys.

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