The American Civil Liberties Union is trying to channel the surge of anti-Trump energy with a first-ever “resistance training” planned for Saturday, which weeks to help newly motivated progressives take on the dangerous policies of Donald Trump.
The event is called PeoplePower and will live stream from Miami and be seen by thousands of local organizations across the country.
— ACLU National (@ACLU) March 4, 2017
According to Reuters, the training will focus on issues that have been front-and-center during the early weeks of the Trump administration, like immigration, freedom of speech and reproductive rights. The new White House has already set the country back in each of those areas, from enacting a Muslim ban, limiting access to the press, and supporting a health care bill that defunds Planned Parenthood.
On Saturday’s edition of AM Joy, Padma Lakshmi, who will give a presentation during the live stream, described the first weeks of the Trump administration as an “emergency” and said the training is a chance for people to fight back.
She said, “There is an emergency going on and I don’t know what it’s going to take for people to say, ‘You know what, enough is enough.'”
As Reuters also points out, the resistance training is a “shift” from the legal tactics the ACLU normally focuses on, but the group’s executive director says roughly 135,000 have already signed up. Just since Trump’s election, ACLU has seen its membership triple.
Clearly, progressives across the country are more motivated now than they have been in a long time. If Trump wants to push dangerous policies that fly in the face of American democracy, he’ll first have to get past a united and empowered opposition.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.