Target: Donna Brazile, Interim Chairwoman Democratic National Committee
Goal: Encourage increased democratic support for ACLU fight against refugee ban.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) pledges on its website to “not stand by and let families be torn apart” by the immigration policies of the Trump administration. However, in the days following the widely denounced executive order banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, the DNC has made no official public statements — beyond tweets — either condemning those actions or supporting the work of organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in freeing those unlawfully detained by the order.
Since its inception in 1920, the ACLU has been instrumental in protecting the civil rights of people in the United States from government abuse. The organization has argued successfully before the Supreme Court for desegregation of public schools and abortion rights. The ACLU also has a proven track record of successfully challenging attempts to block the legal immigration of refugees. A key victory came in a 2016 lawsuit against (then) Governor of Indiana Mike Pence for halting state funding in support of Syrian refugee resettlement. Both district and appellate courts ruled that resources could not be withheld from anyone granted refugee status by the federal government, effectively mandating that refugee resettlement be continued.
Most recently the ACLU displayed inspirational leadership in securing the expeditious release of those immigrants and refugees detained under the executive order signed by President Trump. This has led to an outpouring of public support, including $24 million in public donations and a 150,000 – 200,000 individual membership increase. In addition, many lawmakers expressed public support of the action taken by the ACLU and a bill has been drafted by Democrats in Congress which would block implementation of the executive order.
Please sign the below petition encouraging the DNC to uphold its own stated values by publicly pledging support for the ACLU.
Dear Chairwoman Brazile,
The DNC pledges on its website to “not stand by and let families be torn apart” by the immigration policies of the Trump administration. However, in the days following the widely denounced executive order banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, your organization has put forth nothing more than a few tweets to condemn those actions or support the work of organizations like the ACLU.
The threat to civil rights presented by the Trump administration is too urgent to be met with apathy and half-measures in 140 characters. As a guiding light for the democratic party, you have a responsibility to actively stand with organizations working to protect those values most critical to our democracy. I urge you to publicly support the ACLU in its continued fight against the refugee ban.
[Your Name Here]
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