For the first time in a hundred years, the ACLU is launching a real grassroots effort to organize and train people to resist the President of the United States.
On Saturday, the ACLU is holding a Town Hall-style meeting in Miami to introduce their new campaign called PeoplePower. The event is featuring “resistance training.” And it’s being live-streamed to over 2,300 local events nationwide.
The training on Saturday will include presentations from legal experts, ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero and “Top Chef” television star Padma Lakshmi. It will focus on free speech, immigration, and reproductive rights – all of which are under attack by the Trump administration.
“As activists have marched in streets, demonstrated at airports and confronted U.S. lawmakers regularly since election day, progressive groups like MoveOn and the newly formed Indivisible have sought ways to translate that frustration into local action.
That is the idea behind PeoplePower, which represents a major strategic shift for an organization that has traditionally focused on courtroom litigation, Romero said in a phone interview on Friday. Approximately 135,000 people have signed up for the campaign.”
According to ACLU political director Faiz Shakir,
“The Miami event will encourage individuals to engage local officials in conversations about immigrant policies in their town or city. The ACLU has prepared “model” ordinances ensuring the protection of immigrant rights that supporters can press legislators to adopt, part of a campaign to create “freedom cities.””
Since the election, the ACLU has seen their membership more than triple to well over a million.
“Before, our membership was largely older and much smaller. Our members would provide us with money so we could file the cases and do the advocacy. What’s clear with the Trump election is that our new members are engaged and want to be deployed.”
The ACLU is harnessing the incredible energy of the anti-Trump resistance movement and teaching people how to organize and fight back effectively.
“It’s completely unprecedented,” Romero said of the response since Trump’s victory. “People are wide awake right now and have been since the night of the election.”
If you would like to participate but can’t attend, you can live-stream the event HERE.