ACLU of Georgia

Press Advisory: ACLU Gives Rep. John Lewis Lifetime Achievement Award at ACLU Membership Conference


Media contact: Ana Maria Rosato

Kerry Washington, Lewis Black, Daveed Diggs Join All-Star Lineup  

Elizabeth Warren, Patrisse Cullors, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Cecile Richards Headline ACLU National Conference
ACLU Members to Gather with Civil Rights Leaders and National Experts Jose Antonio Vargas, Ruth Marcus, David Keene, Vanita Gupta, Danica Roem, Richard Painter in D.C. from June 10-12
Questlove and Jay Ellis Also Add Their Talents to the Conference
Supporters of the American Civil Liberties Union will gather in Washington to learn, mobilize, and inspire each other for the first nationwide gathering of ACLU members and staff since President Trump’s election.
“John Lewis has put his voice, his vote, and his life on the line in defense of our civil liberties, to keep power in the hands of the people. He is one of the heroes of our democracy,” Andrea Young, Executive Director of the ACLU of Georgia. 
The conference, the theme of which is #YouBelongHere, will bring together a wide variety of powerful voices in activism, politics, journalism, and entertainment to reflect on our current political environment and strategize for the challenges ahead. This will be a chance for our activists and advocates to mobilize and energize ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.
Topics addressed will highlight civil liberties priorities such as restoring voting rights for formerly incarcerated individuals, racial justice, #MeToo next steps, the future of artificial intelligence, and the fight for transgender rights. 
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.)
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.)
Cecile Richards, Frm President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund
Patrisse Cullors, Co-founder, Black Lives Matter
Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor and Publisher, The Nation
Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative
Danica Roem, Member, Virginia House of Delegates
Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU
Vanita Gupta, President and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Richard Painter, Former White House Ethics Lawyer
Alberto J. Mora, Former General Counsel of the Navy
Jose Antonio Vargas, Journalist, CEO of Define American
Meredith Whittaker, Research Scientist at New York University, and founder of Google’s Open Research Group
David Keene, Editor at Large, Washington Times
Dahlia Lithwick, Host, Slate’s Amicus Podcast
Ruth Marcus, Deputy Editorial Page Editor, The Washington Post
Jessica Valenti, Columnist
Kerry Washington, Actor, Producer, Activist
Questlove, Drummer, DJ, Producer
Lewis Black, Comedian 
Daveed Diggs, Rapper, Writer, Actor (Hamilton, Black-ish)
Jay Ellis, Actor (HBO’s Insecure), Producer, Activist
In addition to the speaking program, the conference will feature an Action Center where attendees can take immediate action on legislation and high-profile issues, learn about current and upcoming ACLU campaigns and programs, build advocacy and organizing skills, and share their story of why they are an ACLU member and volunteer.
Panels include:
 The War on Immigrant Women and Families at the Border
 Upholding the Rule of Law During the Age of Trump
 Will AI Make Us Less Free?
 Your Favorite Website May be Discriminating Against You
 Smart Justice: The Fight to End Mass Incarceration in America
 Time’s Up, Say Her Name, and other Leaders of Today’s Women’s Movement
 Beyond the Bathroom: Winning the Fight for Trans Justice at the Ballot, in Court, and in the Legislature 
More information can be found at  
Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place, NW
Washington, D.C.
Sunday, June 10 – Tuesday, June 12
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