The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is encouraging Americans to mobilize in a massive legal resistance to the Trump regime.
Reuters reported that the first of many ACLU “resistance training” courses is taking place this weekend in Miami, Florida, which will be livestreamed to over 2,000 local ACLU gatherings across the nation. Roughly 135,000 people have signed up for the campaign — named PeoplePower — which will expand the organization’s purview to include direct action and public policy work as opposed to just arguing cases in courtrooms.
ACLU political director Faiz Shakir told Reuters that the PeoplePower campaign will involve local members engaging in dialogue with local elected officials in their own respective cities, and encouraging them to pass resolutions that reject federal immigration policy and designate themselves as “freedom cities.” This weekend’s resistance training will focus on free speech, reproductive justice, and fair immigration policies.
Anthony Romero, executive director of the ACLU, described the campaign as “completely unprecedented.”
“Before, our membership was largely older and much smaller,” Romero told Reuters. “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.”
Since election night, the ACLU’s membership has tripled to roughly 1 million members. The Trump administration is likely the key catalyst for the group’s growing numbers — the first weekend after Trump signed his first travel ban, the organization received over $24 million in online donations in just a matter of days. That’s six times the average amount of online donations the ACLU receives in a given year.
Tom Cahill is a writer for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or follow him on Facebook.