The training was also the launch of
"We have seen a huge groundswell of support for the
The event informed people about their rights when protesting or when stopped by the police. "It's the first step in building longer-term campaigns," Allen said.
Polloni said he donated money to the
"My wife kind of got me to take action," Polloni said. Policies that have come out of the Trump administration have shocked the attorney and inspired him to get involved. "The genesis really was the Muslim ban."
More than 50 people gathered in a meeting room in the bottom floor of the library and listened as
"These last four months have been certainly challenging for the
The group plans to continue fighting Trump in court on his travel ban affecting six majority-Muslim countries and lead the fight to protect civil, First Amendment, LGBT, and reproductive rights, but they need ordinary citizens to also resist, he said.
One way to fight Trump's threats against so-called "sanctuary cities" is to make sure local law enforcement are not involved in enforcing federal immigration laws, he said. The
Other speakers during the training touched on protesters' rights, what to do if ICE comes to a neighbor's home, and the importance of contacting federal legislators. Shakir also asked that people write to the
"Every single group that Trump has gone after, I have friends in these communities," she said.
"I was really spurred on by what is going on after the election on the national level," said Rowland, a
"We realized our rights certainly can get trampled on," he said.
The group plans to meet again on
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