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ACLU joins Silicon Valley startup accelerator Y Combinator
Following the election of Donald Trump and, most recently, the president's ban on immigration from seven countries, the American Civil Liberties Union has received a surge in financial support from those in opposition to his policies. This past weekend alone, the ACLU received $24 million in online donations — six times more than its annual average, The Washington Post reports.
Now, it appears the organization is looking to startup accelerator Y Combinator to help turn some of its new funding into progress. In a blog post, Y Combinator president Sam Altman says the ACLU will be joining the Winter 2017 class and is expected to present at its biannual Demo Day in March.
“The ACLU has always been important, but has a particularly important role right now,” Altman wrote. “We are honored to be able to help, and we will send some of our team to New York for the rest of the batch to assist.”