We want to show candidates the depth and breadth of support for civil rights and civil liberties issues nationwide. We want them to feel pressure so that they take bold positions on critical issues. While voters in early states will have the opportunity to meet candidates face to face at town halls and small town halls. You can engage with them where they will also be — online!
Candidates are using social media to reach out to voters, and we’re going to use it to reach them.
We want you to ask compelling questions online because it will show support for these issues —
- Candidates will see it because they often run their own Twitter accounts.
- Campaign staff will see that there are many questions on similar topics, which will put pressure on staff to have an answer.
- Reporters will see that people across the country are asking similar questions which can amplify how candidates are talking about our issues.
In a best case scenario, candidates will also engage back by answering your question!
- Add your state to your twitter bio. If they can imagine you as a voter in a certain area, you’ll get more credibility.
- If you feel comfortable sharing, tell a personal story related to the issue personal story to make your question more compelling.
- Use #RightsForAll and #ACLUVoter
- Strike a friendly tone — candidates are more likely to retweet or respond to things that don’t feel adversarial.
- Watch for when candidates have Instagram or Facebook live’s so you can comment in real time — the candidate and campaign staff will be monitoring.
- Don’t engage back with trolls — they are just trying to get a rise out of people. Our goal isn’t to persuade people who are just looking to pick a fight, our goal is to focus on moving a candidate on our issues.
- Don’t represent yourself as staff of ACLU — being a volunteer and voter is more important here!
When a candidate responds
Respond thanking them for their response, and ask a follow up question if appropriate. If you don’t know what the best follow up question is, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help you draft a response!
Take a screenshot immediately, and send the screenshot and link to email@example.com.
- Organizations like the @ACLU are working to cut the nation’s prison and jail populations in half. As President, would you commit to cutting the federal prison population in ½ by the end of your first term and how?
- From an @ACLU report, in the US someone is arrested for drug possession for personal use every 25 seconds. The impact is especially devastating to communities of color. Tell me, beyond marijuana, how would you stop criminalizing drug use & treat it like a public health issue?
- .@washingtonpost reports that ~1,000 people are killed by police every year. Black people are 3x more likely than white people to be killed by police. What will you do as president to end this national crisis around police violence?
- Will you commit to cutting @ICEgov & @CBP’s budgets and ending the ability to transfer allocated money from other agencies to fund its jailing of immigrants & draconian enforcement?
- Will you end the corporate profiteering of immigrants in detention by banning private prison company contracts with @DHS?
- Would you cut your request to Congress for budgets that jail immigrants and carry out enforcement, instead committing to put Congressional funds toward government-funded legal counsel for all immigrants in deportation proceedings?
- I’m concerned about DHS’s detention practices. Would you commit to closing 50% of ICE detention facilities and instead put resources toward legal services and community based alternatives to detention?
- Do you support community-based alternatives to detention as a way to humanely treat immigrants who are waiting for their immigration court date?
Border & 100 mile zone —
- Will you commit to visiting the southwest border during your campaign to speak with border communities?
- Will you commit to removing Trump’s unjustified border barriers if elected?
- Do you support efforts like Senators Leahy & Murray’s to reduce the size of CBP’s enforcement zone? Right now it extends 100 miles from any land or sea border, including entire states like FL and MI.
- Will you:
✅ increase the number of asylum-seekers processed at ports of entry?
✅ improve both treatment of families & children seeking protection in the US?
✅ reduce criminal prosecutions for border-crossing?
- How are you going to make sure that the health plan you’re proposing covers all pregnancy-related care, including abortion care?
- You support a Medicare for All plan. Will you guarantee that any health care plan includes full coverage for abortion along with all other pregnancy-related health care?
- Will you guarantee that any insurance plan—whether public or private—covers abortion along with all other pregnancy-related health care?
- I believe that the President should make sure health insurance covers abortion & all reproductive care, just like any other health care. Will you work with Congress to pass the EACH Woman Act, which would ensure coverage for abortion for every woman?
- I think we can agree that voting is a really important right. Everyone has a stake in their own future and their families’ future, even if they have made serious mistakes in the past.
- Tell me, would you support the ability of people in prison to vote while still serving time?
- I believe that no citizen of the US should lose their right to vote. In Maine & Vermont, voting is such a basic civil right that they don’t lose it even if they’re sentenced to prison.
- Do you think the rest of the country should follow Maine and Vermont’s example?
- Tell me specifically:
1⃣ What reforms would you support to make it easier for people to vote?
2⃣ Would you support moving election day to a weekend?
3⃣ Would you support allowing people to vote by mail without providing an excuse?