As some of you may know, I ended my career as a prosecutor this week to become Deputy Director of the ACLU of Florida. I’m really excited, and this change could not have come at a better time.
As a result of the current administration’s executive action against immigrants from specific Muslim majority countries, many folks are angry and wish to help.
Here are some ideas:
There is a need for legal observers to help immigrants stranded at airports nationwide. If you are an attorney located in Florida, please contact ACLU Florida Legal Director Nancy Abudu at firstname.lastname@example.org. Outside of Florida, please contact your local ACLU affiliate. See the national list here.
Here is a practical list for everyone:
- Become a member of the ACLU.
- Recruit 3 new members to join the ACLU.
- Sign up to get National and our ACLU of Florida Action Alerts, and respond to our requests for action in support of important ACLU issues such as reproductive rights, immigrant’s rights, criminal justice reform.
- Follow us on Facebook and Twitter; share our Facebook and Twitter posts with your social media network.
- Learn the names – and add the contact information – for your representatives in Congress and the Florida Legislature.
- Commit to writing a handwritten note to an elected official on a critical ACLU issue in 2017. You may want to write about Congress not taking aggressive action to override the President’s executive order.
- Talk to your family members and friends about the work of the ACLU.
- Get involved in an ACLU of Florida local chapter (see link for contact information for a chapter near you.) Help the local chapter with active work in the community that is in alignment with ACLU’s top issue priorities.
- Staff a table at a local farmer’s market, art fair or similar event with ACLU materials and information on how to become an ACLU member.
- If you are affiliated with a local ACLU Chapter, volunteer to help organize a public education forum on a priority ACLU issue, i.e. Immigration and sanctuary cities
- Make a tax-deductible contribution to support the work of the ACLU:
- Go to the ACLU online store, where you can buy ACLU clothing, stickers, pocket constitutions, and much more.
Want to protest? Before you go, know your rights. The ACLU Florida did a great Facebook Live chat; you can also read more information on your rights here. Be warned; some state legislatures are trying to introduce bills stating it is legal to “accidentally” run over a protestor in your way. If you are in an affected state, be sure to stay vigilant, and inform your representative that if s/he votes for this, you will pink slip them at the next election. And do it!!
You can always reach out to me with questions. Always remember that there is strength in numbers. Be careful, be strong, #resist.