2008 BiLL OF RiGHTS CELEBRATiON
Reception - 6:00 to 7:00
Dinner/Program - 7:00 - 9:00
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The Latest: ACLU of Utah "Civil-lebrities" on May 8
We will be joined by a whole host of VIPs from the ACLU of Utah's past at this year's 50th Anniversary Bill of Rights Celebration. These are celebrities in the world of Civil Liberities - or, as we like to call them, "Civil-lebrities!" - who have contributed amazing amounts of passion, hard work, intelligence and insight to make the ACLU of Utah what it is today.
The Civil-lebrities who will be joining us on May 8 include:
Michele Parish (1989-1992), the fiery former executive director who spoke out against the death penalty, the unfair treatment of Utah prisoners, cultural persecution of polygamists, and denominational prayer in government meetings.
Robyn Blumner (1987-1988), who took the helm of the ACLU of Utah when she was just 24 years old. Robyn is now a syndicated columnist for the St. Petersburg Times, and her columns are regularly featured in the Salt Lake Tribune.
Kate Kendall (1992-1994), our very first full-time staff attorney and a University of Utah Law School graduate; Kate is currently the executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
We'll also be joined by: one of the very first executive directors of the ALCU of Utah, James Joy, who later led the Colorado ACLU; former staff attorney Stephen Clark, now with Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough PC, who also currently serves on the ACLU of Utah Legal Panel; Jensie Anderson, another former staff attorney who now works in the College of Law at the University of Utah; Judge Raymond Uno, who also participated in the establishment of the early ALCU and currently serves on our Board of Directors; our most recent former executive directors, Carol Gnade and Dani Eyer; former ACLU of Utah board presidents Bill Lockhart, Ross "Rocky" Anderson, Boyer Jarvis, Terry Dunning, and more!
Thanks to Our Dinner Sponsors!
Our partners in the legal, business and non-profit communities are showing amazing support for our work by becoming Dinner Sponsors. Our current Dinner Sponsors include:
Please show your appreciation to these excellent sponsors, for their support of civil liberties and the ACLU of Utah, by supporting their work in our community, too!
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Daniel Ellsberg
Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Daniel Ellsberg, the retired military analyst and government whistle-blower who worked on the Top Secret McNamara study of U.S. Decision-making in Vietnam - later to be known as "the Pentagon Papers."
Since the end of the Vietnam War, Daniel has continued to be a leading voice of moral conscience, serving as a lecturer, writer and activist on the dangers of the nuclear era, government wrongdoing and the urgent need for patriotic whisteblowing.
To encourage national security whistleblowing, Daniel launched the Truth-Telling Project in 2004 with “A Call to Patriotic Whistleblowing.” The Project aims to reach current government insiders, journalists, lawyers, lawmakers, and the American public with an urgent appeal for revealing the truth about government cover-up and lies before the next war. Collaborating with the ACLU, National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC), the Project on Government Oversight, and other organizations, the Truth-Telling Project provides a personal and legal support network for government insiders considering becoming truth-tellers.
2008 Bill of Rights Awardees
This year's recipient of the Mickey Duncan Award, given in recognition of legal support of the ACLU of Utah's mission, is local firm Strindberg & Scholnick, LLC. Strindberg & Scholnick, LLC, handles primarily employment and immigration law matters. The ACLU of Utah collaborated with the firm on Walker v. City of Orem, an excessive police force case, as well as on the case of Etsitty v. Utah Transit Authority, an employment discrimination suit brought on behalf of a trans gender bus driver.
Torch of Freedom Award for Progressive Leadership:
Senator Ross Romero will receive our Torch of Freedom Award for his relentless efforts in the Utah State Legislature, to bring attention to many critical community issues, in particular immigration and racial profiling. Senator Romero has often reached out to the ACLU of Utah for information on these issues, utilizing our informational and legal resources to educate fellow legislators on civil liberties issues. Senator Romero was also the first to publicly express his discomfort and disapproval with the inflammatory remarks made on the Senate floor by his colleague, Chris Buttars, and we applaud his efforts to hold his peers at the Legislature to a high standard of tolerance and decorum.
Special Honorees: ACLU of Utah Scholarship Winners
At this year's Bill of Rights Celebration, we will be honoring the three high school activists who won the 2008 ACLU of Utah Youth Scholarships. This is the first year the ACLU of Utah has offered this student activist scholarship program to encourage youth in civil liberties endeavors.
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