Monday, January 30, 2017

Donations to the ACLU come pouring in as response to Donald Trump and his Muslim ban.

Courtesy of The Hill: 

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has received more than $19 million since Saturday, and has hundreds of thousands of new members since it took action against President Trump's executive order calling for a 90-day ban on nationals from seven predominantly Muslim countries entering the United States and an indefinite pause on admitting refugees from Syria. 

The ACLU announced Sunday evening it had raised $19.4 million from 290,000 donations since Saturday. 

The average it takes in per year is $3 million to $4 million, according to Reuters reporter Dustin Volz. The donations and membership growth is “unprecedented,” Anthony Romero, the ACLU’s executive director, told Yahoo News. 

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Romero said. “People are fired up and want to be engaged. What we’ve seen is an unprecedented public reaction to the challenges of the Trump administration.”

Journalists have been wondering out loud if the Women's March after the inauguration was a one time thing, or whether the momentum would carry forward.

I think we have our answer. 


  1. Caroll Thompson11:32 AM

    Well, Trump has seceded with creating more jobs - with this kind of money, the ACLU will be hiring more lawyers.

    1. Anonymous12:27 PM

      Don't forget journalists and fact checkers.

  2. Anonymous11:35 AM

    Teaparty Rev 2.0 for is HERE!

  3. Anonymous11:38 AM

    Sean Spicer defends detention of 5-year-old: It’s ‘misguided’ to think kids don’t ‘pose a threat’

    White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on Monday that the Trump administration would not apologize for detaining a 5-year-old Iranian boy because it was done to keep the country safe.

    Video published by WJLA over the weekend showed the 5-year-old boy being reunited with his mother after he was detained at Washington Dulles International Airport for hours on Saturday.

    1. Anonymous12:37 PM

      To trump they do pose a threat since the average 5 yr old has bigger fingers than he does.

  4. And the ACLU put out a call for immigration attorneys to go to JFK and Dulles to work pro-bono. Hundreds did exactly that. They sat on the floor because DHS wouldn't give them chairs. In times like this, these stories give me the uplift that I need to make it through

  5. Anonymous11:42 AM


    ...The host of “Morning Joe” said top officials in the executive branch were particularly angry at Stephen Miller, the senior White House advisor for policy, for restructuring the National Security Council to include Steve Bannon, the president’s chief strategist.

    The pair have reportedly been writing executive orders without consulting federal agency lawyers or lawmakers, which has rankled top officials within the executive branch.

    “You’ve got a very young person in the White House on a power trip thinking that you can just write executive orders and tell all of your other cabinet agencies to go to hell, and Washington’s in an uproar this morning — forget about what’s happening in the street — because Stephen Miller decided he was going to do this without going through the regular inter-agency process,” Scarborough said.

    Scarborough harshly lectured Miller, a former staffer for Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Trump’s speechwriter, about the realities of working in Washington, D.C.

    “By the time you’re 35, maybe you’ll know how Washington and the White House really works — if you’re still around, I hope you’re not,” he said. “Because this weekend was a disgrace, and it’s all on your shoulders.”

    Trump’s ex-Breitbart advisor Bannon is drafting executive orders – and basically winging it: report

    ...Two of Donald Trump’s senior advisors — neither of whom has any previous government or legal experience — have reportedly been writing executive orders without any input from the agencies they would affect.

    Aides told Politico that Steve Bannon, the president’s chief strategist, and Stephen Miller, the senior White House advisor for policy, have made almost no effort to consult with federal agency lawyers or lawmakers as they wrote executive orders.

    Bannon, the former chairman of Breitbart, and Miller, a Republican political operative who’s written most of Trump’s major speeches, are writing many of the orders based on ideas that came from transition officials or “landing teams” who weren’t working in the White House.

    The orders have come so quickly, and from seemingly out of nowhere, that aides sometimes aren’t even sure which actions Trump will sign until they cross his desk.

    “He was determined to show people that he’s getting to work from Day One,” a source told Politico.

    1. Anonymous11:49 AM

      WHO THE FUCK IS THIS GUY and WHY is he making policy and writing EOrders????? Creepy as hell!

    2. Anonymous11:49 AM

      Steve Bannon believes Christians locked in ‘bloody conflict’ with Islam — now he heads US security

    3. Leland11:56 AM

      “He was determined to show people that he’s getting to work from Day One,”....

      Well, he certainly succeeded. Too bad he's busy making stupid orders and dangerous decisions.

    4. Anonymous12:26 PM

      @ 11:49 I am still waiting for someone to challenge the fact that it was Bannon who told DHS to ban Green Card holders.

      Who in the hell elected him?

  6. Anonymous11:46 AM

    It is not just immigration, it is from the point of the ride down the elevator. EVERYONE HAS BEEN HARMED by this monster.

  7. Anonymous11:52 AM

    Another Trump lie: ‘I’m smart’

    1. Anonymous3:00 PM

      If Trump is smart then Bristol is a virgin

  8. Anonymous11:57 AM

    Americans raise $600,000 to rebuild burned Texas mosque

  9. Anonymous12:04 PM

    The message is clear. Obama is back, and he is using his ample platform to encourage dissent and speak out for what is right. Barack Obama has gone from fighting for the American people from the Oval Office to standing alongside them as a private citizen.

    The Obama coalition is alive and well, and their leader is back to speaking out.

  10. Anonymous12:08 PM

    Those Affected By Travel Ban Were Just 'Inconvenienced A Little,' Spicer Says

    Spicer Melts Down: Criticizing Holocaust Remembrance Statement Is 'Pathetic' (VIDEO)

    Obama Encourages Protests Against Trump's Immigration Order

    Spicer: Diplomats Should Either Back Immigration Order Or Leave

  11. Anonymous12:13 PM

    "On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, you forget the Jews, and later today you plan to issue new executive orders persecuting refugees and immigrants. Have you no decency?" Goldstein said.

  12. I just tried to donate to the ACLU and the only way is through a credit card charge. I prefer to send a monthly check from my bank so that I have more control over the donation and it works better with my tax system. However, their website makes it nearly impossible to find an address and phone number. Here is it if you need it:
    125 Broad Street
    18th Floor
    New York, NY 10004

  13. Anonymous12:17 PM

    Trump press secretary refuses to deny that an anti-LGBTQ executive order is in the works

  14. Anonymous12:18 PM

    Media not talking about President Obama's ban on Iraqi immigration—because it's another Trump lie

  15. Anonymous12:22 PM

    Trump Immigration Ban Tipping Point In Worst Stock Market Selloff In Months

  16. Anonymous12:24 PM

    The parallels between trump and Nixon are uncanny:

    -Breaking in /hacking DNC

    -Paranoia: media is the enemy, voter fraud, Jews/Muslims, establishment is the enemy/drain the swamp, obsession with predecessors

    - Defiance: I am not a crook, I am smart

    -Blaming others: Nobody is going to have Richard Nixon to kick around any more./its all Obama’s fault

    -Inner circle of yes men


    -Violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.

    All that is missing is Checkers the dog !!! But isn’t Barron suppose to get a dog?

  17. Anonymous12:34 PM

    What’s he up to now?

    “ Such respect for the CIA” has to be code word for violating some law or protocol.
    Trump adding CIA chief back to National Security Council

    .....“The president has such respect for [CIA] Director [Mike] Pompeo and the men and women of the CIA that today the president is announcing that he will amend the memo to add the CIA back into the NSC,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters on Monday.

    The elevation could create friction between the CIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

    The DNI replaced the CIA director on the NSC when Congress created the position in 2005 to oversee the entire intelligence apparatus.

    The CIA is considered the most powerful member of the intelligence community, and prior to the creation of the DNI, the CIA director coordinated the other agencies’ activities.....

  18. Anonymous12:40 PM

    Travel Ban Hits Home for Refugees in Alaska

  19. Anonymous12:46 PM

    I gave to aclu the other day, first time ever. Thank god for tham

  20. Anonymous12:46 PM

    The 5 Biggest Tech Companies Lost $32 Billion Over Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban

    Shares of Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook (fb, -0.95%) together fell roughly 1% for a total market cap of $2.4 trillion on Monday. Alphabet alone shed $13.8 billion in market cap.

  21. Anonymous12:50 PM

    Trump doubles down on lying

  22. Anonymous12:55 PM

    When I made a donation this morning, the amount was at $24 million. By now it may be past $30!

  23. Anonymous12:59 PM

    OT -- Alaskans, Please call Lisa Murkowski and ask her to vote 'No' on the DeVos nomination for Education Secretary. Only one more vote is needed to kill the nomination in committee.

    Thank you for reading and considering taking this action!

  24. Anonymous12:59 PM

    More Than 1,000 Progressives Signed Up To Run For Office Over The Weekend

    Trump is inspiring young Democrats to get into politics.

    More than 1,000 progressives signed up to run for office this weekend following President Donald Trump’s executive action targeting immigrants and refugees.

    And that’s just through one organization.

    Run for Something, a new grass-roots group that helps young Democrats run for local and state office, announced Monday that it nearly doubled its total number of recruits ― from 1,200 to 2,200 ― in the last three days. The organization, which launched on Jan. 20, the day of Trump’s inauguration, was already surging with interest before Trump signed an executive order Friday that bans Syrians from taking refuge in the United States, halts the U.S. refugee resettlement program for four months and temporarily blocks people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. at all.

    The president’s action, which comes amid a wave of nationwide protests against him, sparked chaos at U.S. airports over the weekend as refugees and immigrants arrived only to be detained or told they couldn’t enter the country. Thousands of protesters showed up at airports to speak out against the Muslim ban and demand that arriving immigrants be let through.

    Amanda Litman, co-founder of Run for Something, said Trump is doing a great job of driving furious Democrats into public service.

    “Anyone leading a protest or organizing friends to get to a local airport should think about running for office,” Litman said. “Trump’s presidency is already inspiring an incredible wave of energy and re-engagement in civic life ― running and winning is how we capture that and make it last.”

    A number of progressive grass-roots groups have cropped up since Trump’s win in November, and they, too, have seen huge interest. Swing Left, which links volunteers with progressive House candidates in nearby swing districts, has drawn more than 220,000 people since it launched two weeks ago. Daily Action, which launched in mid-December and makes progressive activism as easy as a daily text, already sends 75,000 texts per day and has more than 40,000 Facebook members.

  25. Anonymous1:00 PM

    How much longer are the Republicans going to allow this to go on. He's burning down the democracy. Impeach or declare him mentally unfit to remain in office under the 25th Amendment.

    trump is living breathing evil - he is in part to blame for the mosque burning in Texas and the shooting at the mosque in Canada. His vile statements and actions are mainstreaming racism and hatred and giving permission to people who hate to act out their deepest darkest thoughts.

    It's unbelievable for everything to have gone so "dark" so quickly.

    1. Anonymous1:45 PM

      I believe he is possessed

    2. Anonymous1:47 PM

      Garbage spewer Sean Spicer says at press meeting that shooting at Quebec City mosque is justification for Trump immigration ban. Does this mean he's going to include white supremacist, women hating Quebecois in the ban now? Or is this piece of rubbish trying to say that if Canada hadn't allowed these Muslim immigrants into its country they wouldn't have been shot by a Trump loving Canadian hater? Fuck Off Trump.

    3. Anonymous2:35 PM

      Quebec shooter REALLY LIKED TRUMP -

      Bissonnette is “very right and (an) ultra nationalist white supremacist,” the French-language newspaper Le Journal de Quebec reports. “He really liked Trump and had a permanent discontent with the left.”

  26. Anonymous1:03 PM

    I’m a Syrian refugee in Texas. I have no idea when I’ll see my children again.

    Trump-Era Political Violence Begins As Liberal Activists Are Beaten, Hospitalized
    Two progressive activists were attacked an event featuring conservative provocateur James O’Keefe.

  27. Anonymous1:46 PM

    Speaking of Muslim ban.

    1. Giuliani loose lips sinks ships

    2. Snitches gets stitches

    Washington Post:
    Trump’s travel ban isn’t about making America safe. It’s about kicking Muslims around.

    ... “This is not a Muslim ban,” the president claimed in a statement. But unquestionably it is.

    Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, an early Trump supporter, said Saturday on Fox News that “when [Trump] first announced it, he said, ‘Muslim ban.’ He called me up. He said, ‘Put a commission together. Show me the right way to do it legally.’ ” Giuliani said the ban is based not on religion, but rather “on places where there [is] substantial evidence that people are sending terrorists into our country.”...

    Also see

  28. Anonymous1:55 PM

    Obama Weighs In On President Trump For The First Time

    Obama wanted to give Trump his space. Nine days later, he is joining the debate.

  29. Anonymous3:15 PM

    People should have seen this coming and funded the ACLU before the fact. But keep the $$$ going to them.

    dRUMPf is as stupid as a cold pile og manure. no offense to manure.

  30. Anonymous3:24 PM

    Just signed up for $30 each month donation. We will overcome this crap storm by remaining true to the ideals our country was founded upon.

  31. Anonymous3:37 PM

    I donated, so can you!


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