5 Things You Can Do - Jan. 27, 2017

5 Things You Can Do

1. Survive

Join us for "A Survival Guide to the Next Four Years," part of our First Wednesday's educational series. Hear from community advocates on how to stand up for what's right in the face of threats and policies that undermine our rights and the rights of our neighbors.

Panelists include:

February 1
5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

LOCATION: Indiana Landmarks Center | 1201 Central Ave. | Indianapolis, IN 46202

2. Swear

Have you sworn the #PeoplesOath yet?

On January 16, the ACLU launched a digital campaign and accompanying film asking people to take their own oaths to protect and defend the Constitution, just as Donald J. Trump took the presidential oath on January 20.

"The People's Oath" aims to show the new president that we are watching and stand ready to defend and protect everyone's rights as the nation faces what we believe is the greatest civil liberties crisis of our time.

Oath-takers can add their own photo or video to their oath and then share it with friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms, tagging each pledge with #PeoplesOath and @ACLU.

Since the campaign launched, nearly 100,000 people have taken the oath, vowing to protect a range of civil liberties, from abortion access to the freedom of speech. Among those who took the oath are Khizr Khan, the Muslim Gold Star father who held up the Constitution at the Democratic Convention and offered to lend it to Donald Trump; Jim Obergefell, the ACLU's lead plaintiff in Supreme Court case that legalized same-sex marriage; Comedian Lewis Black; and Saturday Night Live's (and Indiana's own) Sasheer Zamata.

3. Plan

While it's true that all presidents swear this oath and inevitably go on to abuse their powers, we believe the Trump administration poses the single greatest threat to civil liberties, civil rights, and the rule of law in modern memory. With such dark clouds appearing on the horizon, it would be irresponsible not to prepare for the inevitable storm. The day after the election, we took the president-elect's extreme rhetoric seriously and began prepping for the incoming administration.

The day before President Trump took office, the ACLU took our first action against this new administration by filing a Freedom of Information Act request seeking documents related to the new President's potential conflicts of interest. Our first legal action is part of the ACLU's 7-Point plan to fight back against the Trump administration when it seeks to violate the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution. The plan is supported by our new Constitution Defense Fund, established after the election, to provide the manpower and resources necessary to take on the most powerful government on earth. Read our 7-point Plan of Action and help us plan!

4. Call

There is no single action you can take that is more powerful than talking directly to your elected officials. The best way to contact your Senator or Representative is through a personal phone call--not an email, not a letter, but a phone call. We here at the ACLU of Indiana have our representatives on speed-dial, and we think you should do the same. Here are your elected officials' phone numbers:

State Elected Officials

Federal Elected Officials

5. Follow (us on Instagram)

The ACLU of Indiana is cutting edge when it comes to Constitutional Law, but not always so when it comes to social media. We hear there is this "Instagram" program that's pretty popular on the internet these days, and we thought we should get our act together and try it out. Follow us on Instagram.