December 28, 2016

Getting to know people who know what we do now: Anthony D. Romero, Bernie Sanders, Linda Sarsour


What-We-Do-Now-white-235x300As you might have heard, in time for Inauguration Day we’re putting out What We Do Now, a collection of short, powerful essays on what we can do now to cope with Trump’s election, and how, moving forward, we can protect our values, our politics, and our country. The book’s twenty-seven contributors are prominent progressives, writers, and activists.

For the rest of the year, we’ll be sharing info on a few of our contributors every day — just a way to help you get acquainted with who’s on that list, and to help all of us remember that now’s the time to be preparing ourselves for the difficult and vitally important struggle ahead.

Anthony D. Romero

urlAnthony D. Romero is the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Background intel:
Read this 2001 Newsweek profile detailing Anthony’s trial by fire when he became the ACLU’s first Latino and first openly gay executive director mere days before September 11.

A quote:
“Donald Trump’s proposed policies, if carried out, would trigger a constitutional crisis. By our reckoning, a Trump administration would violate the First, Fourth, Fifth and Eighth amendments if it tried to implement his most controversial plans.”

What to look at:
Watch this interview Anthony gave just after the election with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow:


Bernie Sanders

url-1Bernie Sanders is the junior US senator from Vermont.

Background intel:
Well, there’s a lot of background intel on this one. You may remember his recent presidential campaign, in which he talked to animals, pulled off a pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good Larry David impression, and, well, lots and lots of other news about him.

“There is a lot of sentiment that enough is enough, that we need fundamental changes, that the establishment—whether it is the economic establishment, the political establishment or the media establishment—is failing the American people.”

What to look at:
Much like André the Giant, Bernie has a posse, and they’re called Our Revolution — check ’em out. His Twitter is pretty active, too. And he has continued to lead progressive conversations in our national politics; for a particularly good example, check out his recent conversation with Sarah Silverman for Now This:


Linda Sarsour

url-2Linda Sarsour is the executive director of the Arab American Association of New York and the cofounder of the first Muslim online organizing platform,

Background intel:
Check out Alan Feuer’s New York Times profile of her from summer 2015, or Siddhartha Mitter’s at Al Jazeera.

“We can disagree and still love each other, unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression and denial of my humanity and right to exist.”

What to look at:
You should definitely be following her on Twitter. This speech she gave in 2015 to a banquet held by MUHSEN—Muslims Understanding and Helping Special Education Needs—is pretty terrific. And her recent appearance on Seriously.TV’s Shutting Down Bulls!*t with Dylan Marron is a must: