Two months after Donald Trump’s inauguration, fears that the president’s administration will try to curtail U.S. civil rights has led some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities to do what they can to fight back.
A large number of A-list stars have signed up to raise money for the American Civil Liberties Union next Friday as part of a modern-day telethon that will be streamed live on Facebook.
Participating celebrities include Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, Tom Hanks, Padma Lakshmi, Jon Hamm and Amy Poehler, among many others.
The event, which is being called Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU, begins on Friday, March 31, at 7 p.m. ET and will stream live on the Facebook pages of The Huffington Post and Funny Or Die, which will also premiere new videos throughout the event. The stream will additionally be available on the Stand for Rights Facebook page.
Net proceed will benefit the ACLU.
“Our work in the courts is essential right now to hold off the worst of the abuses,” ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero said in a statement. “But it is also the collective will and tireless actions of ‘we the people’ that serve as a bulwark against unconstitutional and wrong-headed policies and executive orders. By supporting our work through this telethon, we can fight even harder to defend the rights guaranteed by our Constitution.”
The ACLU has already received millions more in online donations in 2017 than it has in a normal full year, even pulling in $24 million over a single weekend in January. But something tells us they’ll need all the money they can get in the coming years.
Stand for Rights is being put on by Friend of a Friend Productions in partnership with The Huffington Post, Funny Or Die and Maggie Vision.