Silicon Valley technology startup accelerator Y Combinator (YC) recently admitted the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to its winter fellow class. The 97-year-old civil liberties group is now a legal technology startup, following a massive $24 million fundraising round over one weekend in response to President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order banning entry of nationals from seven countries.
ACLU executive director Anthony Romero said that since Trump was elected last November, the ACLU’s membership has more than doubled, putting new strains on the organization to manage, fundraise and communicate with its new member base.
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