The ACLU Is Receiving an Outpouring of Support. Here’s What We Plan on Doing With It.

Since Election Day, the ACLU has seen a renewed sense of urgency from hundreds of thousands of Americans to protect civil liberties.

In just five days, our Facebook followers have increased by 25 percent to nearly one million people; 400,000 people viewed our open letter to President-elect Trump on our website; and 150,000 new people have joined our e-mail list. We have also heard from thousands of people offering to volunteer their time and services and have received roughly 120,000 donations, totaling more than $7.2 million.

This is the greatest outpouring of support for the ACLU in our nearly 100-year history, greater than the days after 9/11. All of this support will be put to good use protecting the rights of all Americans. Immediately, we are working across the country to protect the rights of protestors and ensuring those who voice their concerns know their rights. We are also analyzing the civil liberties records of potential high-ranking federal appointees.

In the coming weeks and months, the ACLU will be focusing our legal and advocacy strength on:

  • protecting the “Dreamers” who received presidential deferred action protection
  • resisting any attempt to create a dragnet deportation force
  • obstructing any effort to defund Planned Parenthood and other reproductive health service providers or deny reproductive rights
  • preserving civil rights protections for transgender Americans
  • preventing  “stop-and-frisk” policies from being adopted nationwide
  • opposing any ban levied against Muslims for entry into the United States or discrimination against Muslims in the United States.

As other civil liberties' challenges arise, we will pivot — as we always have. Working in partnership with other organizations, the ACLU will do all its best to ensure that the rights and freedoms guaranteed by our founding documents are defended. Since our founding, we have held every president accountable, fighting for the rights of all Americans in courtrooms, legislatures, and beyond. With 1,100 staff across the country, an office in every state, and a growing base of support among the broader public, failure is not an option.  

 

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Anonymous

What are you planning to do to protect LGBT rights?

Anonymous

Please I need to know.

Anonymous

Beyond the existing issues for trans individuals - which is on their list - there are no specified threats to the LBGTQA+ community at this point, just the implication of Pence's history and Trump's cabinet choices. Since the ACLU operates in the courts, they would have to wait for a specific issue to arise to develop a response. As a preventative measure, you could support local pride groups and national advocacy organizations.

Anonymous

What can we do to prevent the Bannon appointment?

Anonymous

Step 1: call Speaker Paul Ryan at 202-225-3031 along with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at 202 224-2541. Step 2: Call your elected representative from both the house and senate - For the House: house.gov/representatives/find/ For the Senate: senate.gov/senators/contact For those that don't know, the speaker of the house is elected by the House of Representatives and sets the Republican parties legislative policies. Also, they are in line for presidential succession if both the President and Vice President step down or are no longer able to lead. The majority leader is basically the same but for the senate and does not have a slot in the line of succession. Turns out flooding an elected official with phone calls is effective: attn.com/stories/12768/former-congressional-staffer-explains-how-to-make-congressman-listen

Anonymous

While I encourage you to call all of the people listed in the other comment, especially as Cabinet positions start to be named, I am fairly certain that Bannon, as chief counsel, wouldn't be subject to Senate approval. He would serve the president directly, and could only be removed if Trump fired him.

Anonymous

I seem to remember reading something, that will allow the Senate and/or House to put a hold that they can put on somebody until they drop the Bannon . Wish I remembered more detailS about the process, hope this will spark somebody to discuss.

Anonymous

bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-11-14/how-to-keep-steve-bannon-out-of-the-white-house - apparently even though the senate can't actually block this, they can put pressure on by putting a hold on other positions, so it's worth a call anyway.

Anonymous

we must speak loud

Sandy hill

Bannon is a terrible choice --needs to be reversed

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