This article by Cherise Madigan originally appeared Oct. 4 in the Manchester Journal.
MANCHESTER — Following the election of President Donald Trump, the Vermont branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has almost doubled in size, according to executive director James Duff Lyall.
Lyall spoke on the state chapter’s growth and tackled a number of topical issues, during a community forum Wednesday night at the Northshire Bookstore.
“Sometimes it feels like we are in dog years, but it’s only been eight months since the inauguration,” said Lyall. “Obviously the election has had huge repercussions for many things, but especially civil liberties and civil rights.”
In Vermont, the ACLU has expanded its focus on issues including immigrant rights, transgender rights, and voter suppression. Growing support of the ACLU has allowed the organization to work more effectively nationally and in Vermont, Lyall said.
“It is true that our membership has almost quadrupled [nationally] since the election, and has allowed us to make some strategic investments in staff,” said Lyall. “That added capacity is going to allow us to be present in more communities around the state more consistently, which we’re really excited about.”
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