The ACLU has released giant billboards with the First Amendment, which provides the right to freedom of speech and press, written upon them in Arabic, Spanish, and English. Giant signs cover Times Square as well as 30 bus stops in Washington, D.C. and a large spot in Los Angeles. Take a look:
A quick refresher on what the First Amendment actually says: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
“Trump came to power on a wave of anti-immigrant sentiment, and it was particularly bad when it came to Muslims,” ACLU’s Stacy Sullivan said to The Huffington Post about the signs. “It’s a way for us to state our solidarity with those communities under threat and to say what [Trump is] doing is really un-American.”
The ACLU chose to run the signs in Spanish and Arabic as well as English because Muslim and Latinx groups are especially under threat in the new Trump regime.
The ACLU also shared this video to accompany the signs. They plan to spread the campaign to more cities and in more languages down the line.