Saturday, December 3, 2016

ACLU to Trump: We Are Here !

Okay looks like I might be able to do some catching up over here today.  First, the ACLU placed a full page ad in The New York Times on Friday, November 11, 2016, that's worth reposting over here.  At the end I share links to the American Civil Liberties Union.

If you are concerned about your civil liberties under USA's new Russian Obligate CEO who keeps mesmerizing his supporters with hopes of returning our country to some mythical White Nation that never existed and never can be in today's real world.  The one that is multi-cultural, over-crowded, with resources depleted, and a home planet that we are warming up alarmingly, which in turn is, and will continue to, upend age old natural patterns that our society depends on for its survival.  But I digress.  The ACLU was letting the incoming US Administration know that they remain a force to be reckoned with.  

But, you know the Alt-Right is also a mighty force to be reckoned with, after all they have convinced themselves they are god's own warriors.  Keep in mind they just conned America out of its government, and the ACLU is going to need a hell of a lot more support, intellectual, money, and vocal proactive citizens defending their efforts through letters to editors and your Representatives on both sides of the fence.  

Complacency is our greatest enemy!  Can you help protect America?

November 11, 2016 | American Civil Liberties Union

Dear President-elect Trump,

For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has stood as this nation’s premier defender of freedom and justice for all.

As you assume the nation’s highest once, we must ask you now as president-elect to reconsider and change course on certain campaign promises you have made.

Specifically, you promised to:
- amass a deportation force to remove 11 million undocumented immigrants
- ban the entry of Muslims and institute aggressive surveillance programs targeting them
- restrict a woman’s right to abortion services
- reauthorize waterboarding and other forms of torture
- change our nation’s libel laws and restrict freedom of expression

These proposals are not simply un-American and wrong-headed. They are unlawful and unconstitutional, and would violate the First, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution, as well as other statutes and international treaties.

Many of our country’s most cherished rights are the result of ACLU litigation and advocacy. 
They include the Scopes trial (the right to teach evolution in public science classrooms) and
the following Supreme Court cases: 

Gideon (the right to a court-appointed attorney if you can’t afford one); 
Windsor (striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act); and 

{Of course, not mentioned is that it’s exactly winning cases like these 
that has earned the ACLU its place on the Alt-Right Wing’s Hit List.  

After all the Alt-Right dreams of turning back time and tide. 
to a pristine American White Homeland that never was and never can be.  
The realities of life, time and America’s many mistakes won’t allow it.  

Real grown-ups recognize we need to deal with the world as it is, 
not as our pipe dreams wish it to be!}

(ACLU has) worked with and battled American presidents of both parties to ensure that our country makes good on its founding premise as the land of the free.

If you do not reverse course and endeavor to make these campaign promises a reality, you will have to contend with the full firepower of the ACLU at your every step. Our staff of litigators and activists in every state, thousands of volunteers, and millions of supporters stand ready to fight against any encroachment on our cherished freedoms and rights.

One thing is certain: We will be vigilant every day of your tenure as president. And when you ultimately vacate the Oval Office, we will do likewise with your successor.

Anthony D. Romero 
Executive Director American Civil Liberties Union



Citizens' support is what gives the ACLU its strength, and the ACLU likewise empowers citizens to stand up for their Constitutionally given American Rights.  

Now more than ever it’s a win win to support and also join the ACLU.  WE NEED THEM AND THEY NEED US!  We The People are going to need all the powerful friends we can line up if we hope to stand up to the coming US government of dogma driven religious and social reactionaries who can't look beyond their own shortsighted self-interest.

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