The American Civil Liberties Union turns 100 in 2020. To mark the historic milestone, the organization is hosting a one-day interactive exhibition in Atlanta on Sunday, May 5 from 11am-6pm. The Atlanta event is part of an interactive exhibition traveling across the country on a national, centennial tour.
The event will bring together artists, elected officials, community organizations, supporters, and ACLU of Georgia staff to spark a deeper conversation about the challenging, high stakes civil liberties battles of the nation’s past, present, and future.
“For 100 years, the ACLU has proudly stood alongside brave individuals who dare to create a more just and equitable nation—for all of us,” said Andrea Young, Executive Director of the ACLU of Georgia. “Now as we face an unprecedented assault on civil liberties, we’re excited to welcome new allies to join us as we confront these pressing challenges to our democracy. This will be a moment to reflect, to re-energize, and to dare to create, together, the future that works for all.”
Visitors will have opportunities to participate in immersive experiences on mass incarceration, immigration, and voting rights. Through these experiences, they will hear the stories of people whose lives and communities have been impacted by the criminal justice system and the stories of people who came to this country seeking safety and a new life. They will also be able to learn about the many barriers that prevent Americans from voting and steps they can take to help expand the right to vote. The event is free and open to all.
As an official co-sponsor of the event, Ben & Jerry’s will also offer free scoops of ice cream on-site, while supplies last.
Food vendors include Slutty Vegan Food Truck, Chinese Southern Belle, Sunshine & Alchemy, Royal BBQ, and El Sueno Rico.
Desmond Meade (noon-1:00pm)
As President of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, Desmond Meade spearheaded the multi-year campaign to win a referendum to restore voting rights to 1.4 million Floridians with a felony record. Most recently, he has been named one of Time Magazine’s Most 100 Influential Leaders.
Amb. Andrew Young (2:00 pm – 3:00pm)
Former ACLU client, Atlanta Mayor, congressman, U.N. Ambassador, and global and civil rights leader, Amb. Young will speak on the legacy of the ACLU in the South.
Sen. Jen Jordan and Rep. Erica Thomas (5:00pm – 6:00pm)
With the recent passage of a 6-week abortion ban, Georgia is on the frontlines of the fight to protect reproductive rights. Hear from two dynamic and outspoken leaders opposing this legislation and learn what Georgians can do to protect reproductive freedom in the state.
Sen. Elena Parent and Rep. Matt Wilson (3:00pm – 4:00pm)
Georgia is one of the most gerrymandered states making it more difficult for all voters’ voices to be heard. Sen. Parent and Rep. Wilson sponsored The Democracy Act, a bill that fights for fair district lines to ensure all voices matter.
Gritz and Jelly Butter(local band) will close the event with a free concert at 5:30pm.
Saturday, May 5th
11:00am – 7:00pm
Historic Fourth Ward Park
640 North Ave. NE
Members of the media who wish to attend should contact Ana Maria Rosato, firstname.lastname@example.org
About Ben & Jerry’s: Ben & Jerry’s has stood for peace, love and ice cream
for more than 40 years. Today, the company is focused on systemic racism and criminal justice reform. Ben & Jerry’s supports the ACLU100 Experience because this project throws a spotlight on equity and justice. Ben & Jerry’s is proud to be part of ACLU’s efforts to drive awareness and action on issues that are critical to our democracy and society.