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ACLU on the Frontline D O C R &C L

efending ur ivil ights


The Road Ahead for
Civil Liberties
or ACLU-SoCal Executive Direct

ivil iberties

Hector Villagra

Surveillance, Detention, Privac y & National Security: Challenging Govern ment Oppression of Our Communities
ACLU-SoCal Senior Staff Attorney Politics Professor
Immigrant Rights

Reproductive Justice & Gender Equality Criminal Justice & Drug Policy Reform
Prisoner Rights

Ahilan Arulantham Thalia Gonzlez

Freedom of Speech
Religious Liberty
LGBT Equality

Discussion: How can we organize a Northeast Los Angeles ACLUSoCal Chapter?

Privacy & Surveillance

Tuesday, September 17, 20137:30 p.m. Dumke Commons, Occidental College 1600 Campus Road, Los Angeles

Free Public Event, Hosted by the Politics and History Departments and the ACLU-SoCal Pasadena/Foothills Chapter Contacts: Prof. Thalia Gonzlez (thaliagonzalez@oxy.edu) and Prof. Marla Stone (mstone@oxy.edu)

ACLU on the Frontline: Defending Our Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Organizing an ACLU Chapter to Serve Occidental College & Surrounding Communities

What: ACLU Organizing Public Forum Where: Occidental College, Dumke Commons When: Tuesday, 17 September 2013, 7:30 p.m. Eagle Rock, California31 August 2013: Faced with such challenges as massive surveillance of personal communications, offensive intrusions into womens reproductive rights, widespread efforts to deny long-held voting rights, and unheralded levels of immigrant deportations, protecting our rights and liberties are more important than ever. The 90-year-old American Civil Liberties Union has long stood in the forefront of battles to protect civil liberties and civil rights in matters like these, involving freedom of speech, religious liberty, criminal justice and drug policy reform, privacy, and LGBT rights, among others. To help equip a new generation of civil rights activists at Occidental College, the ACLU of Southern California has been working with faculty to see if Occidental students, faculty, and staff might be interested in starting a new ACLU chapter to engage civil liberties challenges on campus and in surrounding communities. Faculty and students at Occidental College have a long history of working for social justice and are thrilled to host this exciting event highlighting the past, present, and future work of the ACLU-SoCal, says Politics Professor Thalia Gonzlez, who has been working with fellow professors Marla Stone and Thad Russell and ACLU volunteers and staff to organize the September 17th discussion. That evening, ACLU-SoCal Executive Director Hector Villagra will discuss the work the ACLUs Southern California affiliate has been undertaking in recent months, followed by a discussion between Prof. Gonzalez and Ahilan Arulantham, Senior Staff Attorney at the ACLU Immigrants Rights Project, about what life is like for an ACLU attorney. The legacy of injustice, segregation, bias, and unfairness has continually constrained the opportunities in many communities, continued Professor Gonzlez. Only through collective resistance can we protect our rights and liberties. The evening will conclude with a discussion of the merits of forming a new ACLU chapter on campus, what that would entail, and who would like to be involved. Contact Prof. Thalia Gonzlez (thaliagonzalez@oxy.edu), Prof. Marla Stone (mstone@oxy. edu), or ACLU-SoCal Pasadena/Foothills Chapter president Dick Price (213.434.4643) with questions.