Folly Beach, SC 6-7-13
Subject: Re: [psysr-disc] ACLU promo on small regular donations
Date: Sat, June 1, 2013 1:53 pm
I too have difficulties with the ACLU manner of "doing business." Some time back, I took the matter of the psychiatric oppression of Sue Poole to feminist Charleston attorney Susan K. Dunn. She was willing to help Sue and made a number of creative initiatives that turned out to be of positive impact. More recently, Susan Dunn did trainings in "free speech" for the members of the Charleston Occupy.
In 2008, the ACLU opened its Charleston office and Susan Dunn was taken on as their head attorney. Susan has always acted with great integrity and "does right" in the working circumstance (remember that the U.S. onshore detainee facility operates in North Charleston). I do believe that networking with individuals inside of ACLU can be highly productive. Reaching out to Susan and working with her would likely be one kind of idea for grassroots activism forward.
I too have a problem with supporting in this fashion. I have received their mailings on this effort as Gec has. I agree that ACLU does some good work and I have supported some individual efforts of theirs over the years. I've also locked horns with some of their members at some state and national conferences. When an organization doesn't differentiate on subjects such as you mention, agreeing to a regular contribution makes your donation a part of their annual budget and, at times, you may find your money supporting an effort that you do not agree with. I prefer to just support the efforts I choose to support.