WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2017 — The American Civil Liberties Union is launching PeoplePower.org, a major new grassroots mobilization platform, to help organize the mass resistance to President Trump’s threats to civil rights and civil liberties. The program comes as unprecedented public support of the ACLU continues in the weeks following Trump’s inauguration and his unconstitutional Muslim ban executive order.
“The ACLU will continue to challenge President Trump’s unconstitutional actions in court and with PeoplePower.org, we will take that fight to the streets,” said Anthony D. Romero, ACLU Executive Director. “We are in the fight of our lives right now, and what we have learned since Donald Trump’s inauguration is that there is a growing army of people out there who want to be asked to do something big and important in response. We intend to activate these people to defend our Constitution, our shared American values and our future.”
To build and launch PeoplePower.org, the ACLU has hired experienced digital organizers who have worked at the White House, the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign and leading activist groups. With a robust 50-state affiliate program, the ACLU is well-positioned to take on the incredible responsibility of grassroots organizing nationwide.
On March 11, the ACLU will hold a “Resistance Training” townhall in Miami, Florida. An email ask went out today to the organization’s over 2.5 million members to organize grassroots events in communities across the country to watch the ACLU townhall. 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 organizational priorities. The program will also seek to amplify organic, bottom-up grassroots actions. PeoplePower.org will be a one-stop hub for all organizers seeking to influence the national debate.