Vermont ACLU has nearly doubled in size since Trump election

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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7 thoughts on “Vermont ACLU has nearly doubled in size since Trump election

  1. Voter suppression? Last I heard the folks were trying eliminate illegal voting. Which is it? Voter being denied of their Constitutional rights or voters abusing the system by voting illegally? You can’t have it both ways.

  2. I bailed out of ACLU in 1970 when it couldn’t find any problem with municipal ordinances that allowed a housing inspector, without a warrant, to enter your home when you weren’t home and issue a citation for “dirty bathroom glasses”.

  3. “The civil rights struggle is over, and it has been won. At one time, black Americans did not have the same constitutional protections as whites. Now, we do, because the civil rights struggle is over and won is not the same as saying that there are not major problems for a large segment of the black community. What it does say is that they’re not civil rights problems, and to act as if they are, leads to a serious misallocation of resources. What’s just has been debated for centuries, but let me offer you my definition of social justice: I keep what I earn and you keep what you earn. Do you disagree? Well, then, tell me how much of what I earn belongs to you – and why? Here’s a roadmap out of poverty: Complete high school; get a job, any kind of a job; get married before having children; and be a law-abiding citizen. Among both black and white Americans so described, the poverty rate is in the single digits”.
    Walter Williams

  4. ACLU , Home of Fruits & Nuts …………. Yup they are scared of facing the real world so they
    flock to these hand holders…. Shameful !!

  5. The ACLU will be litigating into a more conservative court, one that will read the law as written, not as would it be nice if it said…

    We have had enough of that; we can see the condition of the country after 30 years of squishy legal ideas and loose morals.

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