(Ventura County, Ca) With a nationwide protest under the banner of “Families Belong Together” rallies, people took to 5 locations around the county.
The rally was organized nationwide through a website https://www.familiesbelongtogether.org/ The website including the ability to sign a petition, calls for donation, and the ability to shop. Also available were graphics to use on social media as well as downloadable signs that could be printed for use during the rally.
Images from the site can be seen across nation and Ventura County for use by attendees. Using the hashtag #familiesbelongtogether. The site also included a twitter feed with tweets displayed from around the nation.
The site was put together by the ACLU, MoveOn.org, The Leadership Conference, and the National Domestic Workers Alliance.
The website does not contain an “About Us” section or mission statement.
The site included tags for the following words:
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National Domestic Workers Alliance
According to the National Domestic Workers Alliance website, “The National Domestic Workers Alliance (www.domesticworkers.org) organizes domestic workers in the United States for respect, recognition and labor standards. Through leadership development, strategic campaigns and alliance building, we seek to help build a powerful movement for social and global justice. The Alliance, formed in 2007 at the US Social Forum, currently represents more than 60 affiliates in 26 cities and 18 states nationally.”
The website goes on to state that the National Domestic Workers Alliance is part of “the Action Network.” The website states, “Action Network is an open platform that empowers individuals and groups to organize for progressive causes. We encourage responsible activism, and do not support using the platform to take unlawful or other improper action. We do not control or endorse the conduct of users and make no representations of any kind about them.”
The Action Network
In the Action Network’s “Partnerships” link, the website states the following:
“Action Network is dedicated to serving the entire progressive movement, and our toolset is appropriate for everyone from grassroots activists to national and international organizations. There are three levels of the Action Network tools:
- Action Network Free — For grassroots activists who are just starting out with no email list, few resources, and a desire to expand their organizing to increase their impact. Progressives using the Action Network Free toolset have access to a robust set of tools, including petitions, events, letter-writing, and more, with some advanced features reserved for partners.
- Action Network Partner — For activists or organizations with an existing email list who are looking for a more accessible, intuitive, and powerful toolset to scale up their digital mobilization activity. Action Network Partners have access to the full toolset including the ability to upload lists, customize page and email wrappers, fundraise on Action Network without a tip jar, and more.
- Action Network Partner + Networks — For large, national or international organizations that need a robust, federated structure with the capability of receiving data from chapters or affiliates and syndicating content down.
Action Network Partners have access to:
- The ability to upload lists to subscribe activists to their emails
- Access to ladders, our sophisticated automated email tool
- Custom page and email wrappers, so you can fully control the branding on your pages and emails
- Fundraising and ticketed event pages without a tip jar for Action Network
- Event campaigns to host events around the country and put them on a shared map
- Access to the full address of your activists
- The ability to create actions with multiple sponsors
- Our full-featured API to allow you programmatic access to your data
- Salesforce sync to automatically sync your data with your Salesforce account
- Integration with Accurate Append to validate email addresses, append data, and more
- Integration with ActBlue to raise money online and sync fundraising data
- Integration with ActionSprout to move data from social media campaigns to your email list
- Integration with Attentive.ly to monitor and engage with your activists on social media
- Integration with CallHub to phonebank or send SMS text messages to your activists
- Integration with Catalist to match your list to the voter file and return DWID
- Integration with DemCampaignSites to host your website (available to non-partners as well)
- Integration with Mobile Commons to send SMS text messages to your activists
- Integration with New/Mode to send messages to US, UK, Canada, Australia, or EU elected officials via fax, tweet, or other channels
- Integration with ROI Solutions for donor management and other full-feature CRM features (requires the SQL mirror)
- Integration with VAN to move event RSVPs to your VAN campaign
- Use of a Zapier zap to push data into Action Network from hundreds of sources.
Larger, federated organizations may want to upgrade to our Partner + Networks toolset. These tools allow data and content to flow through different levels of the organization, with all new possibilities for coordinating work and monitoring data. You can read more about networks here.
Finally, an additional upgrade to include a SQL mirror if all your data is available, which enables you to run custom queries, do offline analysis, move data into a data warehouse, build custom dashboards, and more.
You can find out more about these features and the rest of our toolset here.”
The link for this page can be found here.
The website “toolset” includes form letters, marketing campaign software and more.
Moveon.org was another sponsor of today’s rally. According to their website, “Over the past 20 years, MoveOn members have been part of game-changing victories and have worked together to play a leading role in ending the war in Iraq, passing landmark legislation such as health care reform, and advancing the cause of economic fairness. Since the 2016 election, we have formed a pillar of the Resistance to Trump.
When tech entrepreneurs Joan Blades and Wes Boyd created an online petition about the Clinton impeachment in 1998 and emailed it to friends, they were as surprised as everyone else when it went viral. Although neither had experience in politics, they shared deep frustration with the partisan warfare in Washington D.C. and the ridiculous waste of our nation’s focus at the time of the Clinton impeachment mess. Within days, their petition to “Censure President Clinton and Move On to Pressing Issues Facing the Nation” had hundreds of thousands of signatures. For the first time in history, an online petition broke into and helped transform the national conversation.
Wes and Joan realized that their petition’s success only hinted at the internet’s potential to impact politics. They saw that the hundreds of thousands of concerned Americans who had signed their petition could be organized to take action on many issues, and that online organizing had the potential to disrupt and fundamentally alter the course of our democracy. The signers of Wes and Joan’s petition became MoveOn’s first members.
In the years that followed, MoveOn pioneered the field of online organizing, innovating a vast array of tactics that are now commonplace in advocacy and elections and shifting power toward real people and away from Washington insiders and special interests. MoveOn campaigners were the first to use the internet to run virtual phone banks, to crowdsource TV ad production, and to take online organizing offline, using the internet to mobilize activists to knock on doors and attend events. We proved that individual Americans could pool lots of small contributions to make a big impact by raising hundreds of millions of dollars for progressive causes and candidates.
Together, in collaboration with allies, we have grown the progressive movement and demonstrated that ordinary people’s voices can make a difference—that collectively, we possess extraordinary people power. MoveOn members have played crucial roles in persuading the Democratic Party to oppose and eventually end America’s war in Iraq, in helping Democrats retake Congress in 2006 with our influential “Caught Red Handed” campaign, in securing the Democratic nomination for President Obama in 2008 with a pivotal endorsement before the Super Tuesday primaries, and in passing health care reform in 2010. More recently, we’ve surfaced student loans as a potent national issue, catalyzed the fight to expose and push back against the Republican War on Women, helped elevate the leadership of Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and other progressives fighting economic inequality, mobilized more than half a million people to help take down the Confederate flag from the South Carolina state capitol grounds, led a massive grassroots mobilization to secure President Obama’s diplomatic agreement with Iran and prevent a costly and unnecessary war of choice.
But we face strong headwinds. Trump and the Republican Congress represent a dire threat to the well-being of many Americans and others around the world. Thanks to corporate and 1% interests, they have cut taxes for corporations and the rich while cutting services for everyone else. Women, people of color, Muslims, immigrants, LGBTQ Americans, working families, and other communities are under attack. The risk of war has increased. Mass incarceration and police violence are huge challenges. On immigration, on gun violence, and to an alarming degree on climate change, the status quo isn’t cutting it. Our country can and must do better. Together, millions of MoveOn members will make sure it does.
Step up as a MoveOn leader by starting your own MoveOn Petition campaign, adding your name to a campaign that’s already underway, or chipping in to support our work today.”
The Leadership Conference
The Leadership Conference website describes itself as a coalition. “Beginning in 1950 with 30 organizations, mostly civil rights and labor groups, The Leadership Conference has grown in numbers, scope, and effectiveness. Here you will find a listing of the more than 200 national coalition members that comprise The Leadership Conference.” This can be found here.
The page on partnerships states the following, “The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is proud of the partnerships we build to address the important civil and human rights issues of our time. We work with our local partners including organizations, community leaders, organizers, local service providers, and individuals to create issue campaigns and advance efforts to inform the public about critical national issues that have an impact on local communities.
To implement the Local Partnership Program, the Department of Field Operations at The Leadership Conference is charged with:
- Identifying partners of mutual interest;
- Providing technical assistance and consultation on a number of issues and strategies;
- Building and enhancing diverse participation in local coalitions; and
- Assisting members of our national, state and local partners to coordinate effectively and implement strategies.
The Leadership Conference Local Partnership Program provides for exciting opportunities to forge coalitions that have an impact at the local and national levels in advancing civil and human rights. Below are some of the organizations that The Leadership Conference has partnered with over the years. If you or your organization is interested in learning more about how you can partner with us, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Partners in California include the following:
- 9to5 California
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles
- California NAACP Youth & College Division
- Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA)
- Equal Justice Society (EJS) (National)
- India Community Center
- Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area
- Los Angeles Urban League
- Media Alliance
- Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) (headquarters)
- National Association of Latino Appointed and Elected Officials (NALEO) (headquarters)
- Public Advocates, Inc.
- Refugee Transitions
- Self-Help for the Elderly
- Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network
- Southeast Asian Community Center
- Youth Justice Coalition
The American Civil Liberties Union or “ACLU” shares its history and focus on its website, “In the years following World War I, America was gripped by the fear that the Communist Revolution that had taken place in Russia would spread to the United States. As is often the case when fear outweighs rational debate, civil liberties paid the price. In November 1919 and January 1920, in what notoriously became known as the “Palmer Raids,” Attorney General Mitchell Palmer began rounding up and deporting so-called radicals. Thousands of people were arrested without warrants and without regard to constitutional protections against unlawful search and seizure. Those arrested were brutally treated and held in horrible conditions.
In the face of these egregious civil liberties abuses, a small group of people decided to take a stand, and thus was born the American Civil Liberties Union.
The ACLU has evolved in the years since from this small group of idealists into the nation’s premier defender of the rights enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. With more than 1.75 million members, nearly 300 staff attorneys, thousands of volunteer attorneys, and offices throughout the nation, the ACLU of today continues to fight government abuse and to vigorously defend individual freedoms including speech and religion, a woman’s right to choose, the right to due process, citizens’ rights to privacy and much more. The ACLU stands up for these rights even when the cause is unpopular, and sometimes when nobody else will. While not always in agreement with us on every issue, Americans have come to count on the ACLU for its unyielding dedication to principle. The ACLU has become so ingrained in American society that it is hard to imagine an America without it.
One of the ACLU’s earliest battles was the Scopes Trial of 1925. When the state of Tennessee passed a law banning the teaching of evolution, the ACLU recruited biology teacher John T. Scopes to challenge the law by teaching the banned subject in his class. When Scopes was eventually prosecuted, the ACLU partnered with celebrated attorney Clarence Darrow to defend him. Although Scopes was found guilty (the verdict was later overturned because of a sentencing error), the trial made national headlines and helped persuade the public on the importance of academic freedom.
After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt ordered all people of Japanese descent, most of whom were American citizens, be sent to “war relocation camps.” Eventually more than 110,000 Japanese Americans were sent to these internment camps. The ACLU, led by its California affiliates, stood alone in speaking out about this atrocity.
In 1954, the ACLU joined forces with the NAACP to challenge racial segregation in public schools. The resulting Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education that ended the era of “separate but equal” was a major victory for racial justice.
The ACLU was also involved in the 1973 the Supreme Court victories in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, which held that the right to privacy encompasses a woman’s right to decide whether she will terminate or continue a pregnancy. In 2003, the ACLU helped persuade the Supreme Court in Lawrence v. Texas to expand upon the privacy rights established in Roe when it struck down a Texas law making sexual intimacy between same-sex couples a crime.
One of the most noted moments in the ACLU’s history occurred in 1978 when the ACLU defended a Nazi group that wanted to march through the Chicago suburb of Skokie, Illinois, where many Holocaust survivors lived. The ACLU persuaded a federal court to strike down three ordinances that placed significant restrictions on the Nazis’ First Amendment right to march and express their views. The decision to take the case was a demonstration of the ACLU’s commitment to the principle that constitutional rights must apply to even the most unpopular groups if they’re going to be preserved for everyone. Many now consider this one of the ACLU’s finest hours.
That commitment to principle in difficult situations continues today. Since the tragic terrorist attacks of 9/11, the ACLU has been working vigorously to oppose policies that sacrifice our fundamental freedoms in the name of national security. From opposing the Patriot Act to challenging warrantless spying to challenging the indefinite detention of terrorism suspects without charge or trial, the ACLU is committed to restoring fundamental freedoms lost as a result of policies that expand the government’s power to invade privacy, imprison people without due process and punish dissent.
The ACLU also remains a champion of segments of the population who have traditionally been denied their rights, with much of our work today focused on equality for people of color, women, gay and transgender people, prisoners, immigrants, and people with disabilities.
Back in 1920, the individual freedoms enumerated in the Constitution had never been fully tested in the courts, making them largely meaningless for ordinary people. Since then, principles of individual freedom, protection against arbitrary government action, freedom of religion, freedom of speech and press, due process of law, equal protection, and privacy have become codified in our laws and their protections widely enforced. The advancement of civil rights and social justice over the past century represents one of the most significant developments in American history, and the ACLU has been integral to this process.
But the work of defending freedom never ends, and in our vibrant and passionate society, difficult struggles over individual rights and liberties aren’t likely to disappear anytime soon. The ACLU is committed to fight for freedom and the protection of constitutional rights for generations to come.”
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