Here are the Latinx Folks at the ACLU Defending All of Our Civil Liberties

The nearly century-old American Civil Liberties Union has received a lot of mainstream media attention since the start of President Donald Trump's term.

Even before he took office, the ACLU, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that defends and preserves “the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States,” established a seven-point plan of action to take on the Trump administration. It includes protecting the rights of immigrants, defending reproductive, LGBTQ and civil rights as well as demanding government accountability and mobilizing the American people.

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They haven’t disappointed. In Trump’s first week in the White House, the Puerto Rican executive director of the ACLU, Anthony Romero, challenged the administration’s Muslim ban in court and won, with Federal District Court Judge Ann M. Donnelly issuing a stay that temporarily blocked the discriminatory policy. More recently, following Trump's flip-floppy decision to rescind federal guidelines allowing transgender students to use public school bathrooms matching their gender identity, the ACLU said they're prepared to take school districts that undo protections for trans students to court.

We talked with some of the Latinxs behind the ACLU about their fight to defend civil liberties for all, particularly over the next four years.

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Raquel Reichard, Politics & Culture Editor

Raquel is the Politics & Culture Editor and Latina magazine, writing on all things policy, social justice, cultura and health. Formerly at millennial news site Mic, Raquel's work can also be found at the New York TimesCosmo for Latinas, the Washington Post, the Independent and more. A proud NuyoFloRican chonga, when Raquel's not talking Latina feminism, racial justice, the "x" in Latinx or the prison industrial complex, she's going on and on about the Puerto Rican diaspora in Orlando, Fla. Follow her on TwitterInstagram and Snapchat at @RaquelReichard.


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