An event featuring a whole host of A-list celebrities will take place on March 31 to raise money for the American Civil Liberties Union (ALCU). The ACLU is on the front lines of the resistance, suing Donald Trump’s White House over his un-American agenda and preparing for countless more legal battles. Notably, the ACLU has already played a key role in dismantling Trump’s two attempted Muslim bans.
The fundraiser, titled “Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU,” will feature a night of entertainment filmed live in New York City and streamed on Facebook beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern on Friday, March 31. The celebrity lineup includes Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin, Ellie Kemper, Amy Poehler, and Tracy Morgan.
The hilarious, tongue-in-cheek event description on Facebook reads,
“In these tumultuous times, we need our favorite actors, musicians, and comedians to do what they do best. Speak earnestly about politics? No! Entertain you for a great cause? Yes!
“Because when the Titanic sank, the band kept playing! Except in this case, the band will be raising money for something that can fix the boat. And Leonardo DiCaprio won’t have to die.
“It promises to be a historic event marking the first time in history people have something productive to do on Facebook on a Friday night. Please tune in between stalking your ex and realizing that guy from high school who wore shorts in the winter is now a professional body-builder.
“Stand for Rights will feature appearances by such A-listers as Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, Ellie Kemper, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski, Jon Hamm, and many more. We say A-listers because, after this benefit, the White House will no doubt add them to some kind of a list.”
On a more serious note, this fundraiser is taking place because the ACLU promises to be one of the most powerful organizations to stop overreach by the Trump Administration. Humor is an excellent way to draw attention to real problems, but it isn’t enough.
We need hard-fought legal battles that take down Trump’s destructive policies one by one. We need the ACLU’s legal expertise and tireless team of attorneys and activists.
ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero explains,
“Our work in the courts is essential right now to hold off the worst of the abuses. But it is also the collective will and tireless actions of ‘we the people’ that serve as a bulwark against unconstitutional and wrong-headed policies and executive orders. By supporting our work through this telethon, we can fight even harder to defend the rights guaranteed by our Constitution.”
We stand by the important work that the ACLU does every day of the year, work that is more important than ever with Trump in the Oval Office.
Next Friday evening, be sure to check out the Facebook Live telethon fundraiser and show your support for the ACLU.
Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.