A Vision for Civil Liberties
November 2019 marked the launch of Protect Press Freedom, a campaign using radio, video, print, and social media to promote a simple but important truth: “To remain free, we must be informed.”
In the world we want, regular people take this truth to heart, working together to reverse the erosion of civil liberties at the national, state, and local level. Cities will follow New York City’s lead in creating initiatives like the Hate Crimes Task Force, with the goal of protecting vulnerable groups, including Muslims, Jewish people, LGBTQ folks, and people of color. Communities that saw their federal rights rolled back will find allies in the halls of power, invited into the decision-making process by an ever-more diverse and socially conscious Congress.
Meanwhile, grassroots organizations that are successfully choking off investment in private immigration prisons are expanding their targets for even greater impact. Tech workers are organizing to pressure their employers to stop providing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement with technology to surveil, incarcerate, and deport immigrants. And as climate change exacerbates migration, policymakers look to countries with their own complex political histories, such as Colombia (accompanying story), for models of humane immigration policies that respect the human rights and fundamental dignity of all people.