Americans turned out at the nation’s airports in droves this past weekend in protest of President Trump’s executive order restricting travel from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. (The seven countries in the ban were selected based on a measure Barack Obama signed into a law in December of 2015, which placed restrictions on travelers who had visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria on or after March 1, 2011. Obama added Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen to the list in February of 2016.) On Saturday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed legal challenges in New York on behalf of Hameed Khalid Darweesh and Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, two Iraqi men stranded at JFK, which led to filings from a number of other advocacy groups; as a result, judges in Seattle, Boston, New York, and Alexandria, Virgina granted stays to hundreds of individuals with valid papers, which prevented them from being deported.
The ACLU usually gets about $3 or $4 million per year in donations, but the events of this past weekend saw Americans reaching deep into their pockets out of solidarity for the organization’s mission. Like, super deep. According to an ACLU spokesman, they received more than $24 million from 356,306 people this past weekend alone (a cool $1 million of which came from the ride-sharing company Lyft):
Update: the @ACLU just ran the numbers again. Spokesman says the group received 356,306 online donations totaling $24,164,691 this weekend.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) January 30, 2017
Celebrities have even started getting involved by offering putting their money where their mouth is. On Saturday, singer Sia tweeted that she’d match up to $100,000 in donations as long as her followers produced their receipts.
— sia (@Sia) January 28, 2017
Rosie O’Donnell, FUN.’s Jack Antonoff, producer Judd Apatow, and Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson pledged to match donations, too.
— ROSIE (@Rosie) January 29, 2017
stand with me for immigrants and the LGBTQ community. i will be matching donations to the @ACLU up to 20k. tweet me your donation receipts
— jackantonoff (@jackantonoff) January 29, 2017
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) January 29, 2017
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) January 30, 2017
Feeling inspired? Then donate to the ACLU here.