After her keynote address at the Women’s Forum of New York’s 2018 Elly Awards on Monday, Hillary Clinton took to Twitter to raise more than $1.5 million for families being separated at the border.
Clinton urged her followers to donate to a group of 10 organizations, from American Civil Liberties Union to Womens Regufee Commission, via ActBlue, the Democratic online fund-raising organization.
What’s happening to families at the border right now is a humanitarian crisis. Every parent who has ever held a child in their arms, every human being with a sense of compassion and decency, should be outraged.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 18, 2018
“What’s happening to families at the border right now is a humanitarian crisis,” she tweeted. “Every parent who has ever held a child in their arms, every human being with a sense of compassion and decency, should be outraged.” People gave an average of $60 to be split evenly between the organizations that are fighting for the rights of immigrants and their families.
Clinton raised $750,000 in one day alone, and it’s a number that’s grown throughout the week, thanks to the politician’s over 23 million followers. During her speech Monday night, Clinton said, “The test of any nation is how we treat the most vulnerable among us,” she said. “We are a better country than one that tears families apart.”
Nick Merrill, Hillary Clinton’s communications director, told Marie Claire that there is “appetite among her followers to take action. It was in keeping with the response to the crisis, which has been one of heartbreak and outrage, that drives that activism.”
Watch her speech at the 2018 Elly Awards below:
(h/t Marie Claire)