ACLU Releases Roadmap to Protect Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in Second Trump or Biden Administration with Launch of 2024 Election Policy Memo Series

“Freedom Is on the Ballot” is a 2024 election policy memo series which examines policy agendas of a potential second Trump or Biden administration and offers a comprehensive legal, legislative, and advocacy roadmap to ensure the nation lives up to the promise of the Constitution

June 6, 2024 12:00 pm

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NEW YORK – Today, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced the launch of its 2024 election policy memo series, “Freedom Is on the Ballot.” Throughout the series, the ACLU will bring to bear more than 100 years of experience and expertise to examine the extent to which a potential second Donald Trump administration or a potential second Joe Biden administration would disregard or defend civil rights and civil liberties. In addition to examining the constitutional challenges and opportunities each candidate poses, the ACLU will examine what can be done in response. The first memo in the series of 13 (seven Trump memos, six Biden memos) was released today and is focused on a potential second Trump administration’s immigration policies. Additional memos will be released each week over the next 12 weeks. All of the memos and their related press releases and blogs will be posted on aclu.org/memos.

The ACLU’s 2024 election policy memo series will begin with a focus on a potential second Trump administration, in particular the challenges posed by its immigration, criminal legal system, LGBTQ rights, surveillance and First Amendment, DEI (diversity, equity, inclusion), abortion, and voting rights policies. For each of the seven issue areas, the ACLU will examine the constitutionality of the challenges posed by a potential second Trump administration and offer a comprehensive overview of the legal, legislative, and advocacy responses to these challenges. Some of the many detailed legal, legislative, and advocacy responses examined in the memos include:

The first portion of the memo series, which will focus on the policies of a potential second Trump administration, launches today and concludes immediately prior to the The second portion of the memo series will focus on the policies of a potential second Biden administration, in particular the challenges and opportunities posed by its immigration, criminal justice, LGBTQ rights, abortion, voting rights, and surveillance policies. The memo series’ focus on the policies of a potential second Biden administration will begin in mid-July and conclude immediately prior to the Democratic National Convention.

The ACLU’s 2024 election policy memo series builds on its 2016 election policy memo series, which made it one of the first organizations to take a serious look at both candidates – Trump and Clinton – in that race.

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