A day after Trump won the election, the American Civil Liberties Union already was on the case. In a statement, the organization known for fighting government infringement on a variety of rights sent a clear message: Change course of they’ll see you in court. “These proposals are not simply un-American and wrong-headed, they are unlawful and unconstitutional,” said ACLU executive director Anthony Romero of many of Trump's ideas. “They violate the First, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments. If you do not reverse course and instead endeavor to make these campaign promises a reality, you will have to contend with the full firepower of the ACLU at every step.” From threats of Muslim deportation policies to changes in libel law, researchers already are hard at work preparing briefs.
5. Southern Poverty Law Center
There is no one better at identifying hate groups than the Southern Poverty Law Center. Since no president in modern times relied as heavily as Trump on the support of the KKK and its ilk, that makes the center’s work more critical than ever. The group already has publicized the spike in hate crimes since Election Day (more than 700 so far). Now the organization has been a leading voice critiquing Trump appointments of white nationalists like Steve Bannon.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People remains the longest-serving organization dedicated to fighting for civil rights of people of color. After the disastrous 2016 election exposed what can happen after the court decimation of the Voting Rights Act, the NAACP shone a light on the millions of Americans whose right to vote was obstructed or denied. The group recently saw legal victories against suppression efforts in North Carolina and Texas, but expect more battles on the way.