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Inside the ACLU’s Fight for Civil Rights in the Trump Era

The Intercept

July 29th 2020

Just days after taking the oath of office, President Trump unleashed a barrage of legislative attacks on marginalized communities: ripping immigrant families apart, blocking access to abortion, and banning transgender people from military service. While protestors took to the streets to voice their outrage, the legal team at the ACLU launched a flurry of counterattacks in federal court, filing more than 150 lawsuits to protect American’s civil rights and liberties from encroaching authoritarianism. On July 29, 2020, Intercept Editor-in-Chief Betsy Reed will host a virtual conversation on the current state of civil rights in Trump’s America with three ACLU lawyers at the center of these fights: Brigitte Amiri, deputy director at the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project; Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU’s national Immigrants’ Rights Project; and Chase Strangio, deputy director for Transgender Justice with the ACLU’s LGBT & HIV Project. This virtual conversation will take place Wednesday, July 29, at 3 p.m., and will be streamed live on The Intercept, as well as on The Intercept’s official Facebook and Twitter pages. The conversation coincides with the launch of a new documentary called “The Fight” — an inside look at four high-profile ACLU’s lawsuits that attempt to block theTrump administration's efforts to target immigrants, women, and the LGBTQ community. The film is being released by First Look Media’s Topic Studios and Magnolia Pictures and opens in virtual theaters nationwide on July 31.

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