Non-profit

People Power

Website:

peoplepower.org

Project of:

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Type:

Left-Wing Advocacy Organization

Advocacy Issues:

Illegal Immigration

LGBT Issues

Abortion Rights

National Political Director:

Faiz Shakir

People Power is a project of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

People Power was created to oppose President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, as well as promote a series of other left-of-center ideological issues, including LGBT rights, police surveillance and abortion rights.[1]

Campaigns

As of July 2018, People Power’s “grassroots army”[2] has a membership count of roughly 1.84 million.[3] People Power brings ACLU campaigns to cities and towns in order to change and resist policy from the ground up.[4]

Freedom Cities” advocates for LGBT right, closing the wage gap, police reform and fair housing.[5]

“Let People Vote,” another initiative, calls for left-wing election reform, an end to “voter suppression” and electoral gerrymandering, as well as “voter restoration policies” for ex-convicts.[6]

People

Faiz Shakir became the national political director for the ACLU in early 2017, and oversees the operation of People Power. Previously, Shakir was vice president of the left-wing think tank Center for American Progress, and served as senior adviser to Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-California) and former Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada).[7]

People Power has also hired former Obama Administration and Bernie Sanders campaign staffers.[8]

References

  1. Gabbatt, Adam. “ACLU Launching People Power to Resist Trump Immigration Policies in ‘freedom Cities’.” The Guardian. March 10, 2017. Accessed June 14, 2018. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/09/aclu-people-power-freedom-cities-trump-immigration-policies.
  2. “Join the ACLU’s Grassroots Force: People Power.” PeoplePower.org. Accessed June 14, 2018. https://peoplepower.org/.
  3. Maharidge, Dale. “Can the ACLU Remake Itself as a Mass Movement for Progressive Change?” The Nation. April 26, 2018. Accessed June 14, 2018.
  4. Newman, Ronald. “The ‘Freedom Cities’ Campaign: Resistance Through Progress at the Local Level.” American Civil Liberties Union. March 14, 2017. Accessed June 14, 2018. https://www.aclu.org/blog/freedom-cities-campaign-resistance-through-progress-local-level.
  5. Newman, Ronald. “The ‘Freedom Cities’ Campaign: Resistance Through Progress at the Local Level.” American Civil Liberties Union. March 14, 2017. Accessed June 14, 2018. https://www.aclu.org/blog/freedom-cities-campaign-resistance-through-progress-local-level.
  6. “Join the Campaign to Let People Vote | ACLU People Power.” People Power. Accessed June 14, 2018. https://vote.peoplepower.org/.
  7. Maharidge, Dale. “Can the ACLU Remake Itself as a Mass Movement for Progressive Change?” The Nation. April 26, 2018. Accessed June 14, 2018. https://www.thenation.com/article/can-the-aclu-remake-itself-as-a-mass-movement-for-progressive-change/.
  8. Gabbatt, Adam. “ACLU Launching People Power to Resist Trump Immigration Policies in ‘freedom Cities’.” The Guardian. March 10, 2017. Accessed June 14, 2018.
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