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Zedd Calls on Artists to Join Him in Organizing an ACLU Benefit Show

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Zedd has been using his platform as a world-famous producer and DJ to express his opposition to Trump's immigration ban, and now the artist is taking action.

Shockwaves were felt around the country and the world when, in his first weeks as President, Donald Trump signed a sweeping executive order banning immigrants and nonimmigrants from seven (largely Muslim) countries from entering the United States. Green card holders, valid visa holders and refugees from these seven countries are being blocked or detained while an indefinite suspension of Syrian refugee vetting has also gone into effect.

As thousands protest at the capitol, in the streets and at airports around the country, organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are challenging the constitutionality of Trump's order in court. The ACLU landed a hearing in which they argued the ban is a violation of Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the U.S. Constitution. Their efforts resulted in a small yet consequential victory as the court ruled to stop deportation.

Over the weekend the ACLU received nearly $24 million in donations. And now, EDM megastar Zedd, an immigrant himself, wants to show his support.

Zedd, real name Anton Zaslavski, was born in Russia, grew up in Germany and now lives in the United States on a visa.

In a series of Twitter posts, the producer has announced plans to organize a show benefiting the ACLU retorting that he "WILL make it happen" and calling on fellow artists including Sia and Macklemore to join him.