The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is turning to Silicon Valley after receiving a surge in funds from opponents of US President Donald Trump. ACLU is a group that has been around for a century. They were the first to respond and file a lawsuit to the Executive order that bans immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the country for 90 days and the US refugee program has also been suspended for 120 days.
ACLU has teamed up with Y-Combinator, a California-based firm that helps it’s clients with funding as well as mentorship and networking. They usually help young start up companies like Dropbox and Reddit.
Even celebrities have used their Twitter to ask fans to donate to ACLU. Actress Kerry Washington asked fans to help celebrate her birthday by donating, and singer Sia tweeted that she would match donations of up to $100,000.
This is an interesting news story because organizations are using companies that usually funds media businesses to help in their civil rights fight. Celebrities are using their social media to reach out to their millions of followers help donate to a cause they believe in. Social media is being used a lot these days to help with causes.
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