FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 2016

CONTACT: ACLU-TN Communications, 615-320-7142

NASHVILLE – In response to Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States, ACLU of Tennessee executive director Hedy Weinberg issued the following statement:

“For nearly fifty years, the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee has been freedom’s watchdog in this state, challenging government abuse of rights and fighting for fairness in our laws and their enforcement. No matter who is president, our role is no different.

Today, like yesterday and like tomorrow, we will continue to stand strong as we build a movement in pursuit of justice and equality, freedom and fairness.

We will continue to fight for and defend the rights of individuals and communities who have traditionally been denied their rights, including people of color; immigrants and refugees; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people; women; prisoners; people with disabilities; mental-health patients; and the poor. Because we believe that if the rights of society’s most vulnerable members are denied, everybody’s rights are imperiled.

Our staff of strategic and tenacious advocates and litigators, and our millions of volunteers, members and supporters across Tennessee and throughout this country stand ready to fight against any encroachment on our hard-won freedoms and rights.

We have challenging times ahead of us in our state and across the nation. But we are ready to roll up our sleeves and stand up, together, for freedom and justice.”