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Anthony Romero Inspires Utah Audience

18 04 03 Romero Night MDG 8National ACLU Executive Director traveled to Utah to emphasize the organization’s “long-game” of civil rights and liberties advocacy at a Park City speech on April 3rd

On Tuesday, April 3rd hundreds of people, including many local high school students, showed up in downtown Park City to hear Anthony Romero speak on “Civil Rights in an Uncivil Time.” 

Romero has been the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) since September 2001. He is the sixth person to hold this post in the organization’s 98 years and the first Latino and openly gay man. 

Several ACLU of Utah staff members attended the event and met with Romero after his presentation, which focused on the ACLU’s near-constant activity to defend civil rights and liberties since the Trump administration took over in January 2017. 

18 04 03 Romero MargiePhotos 3The ACLU of Utah has been on the front-lines of many of these efforts, from protests at the Salt Lake City airport over the Muslim travel ban, to our People Power grassroots mobilization event in March 2017, and the lawsuit we recently filed against agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Marshals for violating the Fourth Amendment rights of a Heber City family during two SWAT-style immigration raids. 

Born and raised in New York City, Romero was the first person in his family to graduate from high school. He also graduated from Stanford University Law School and Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs. He is a member of the New York Bar.

His talk was organized by the Park City Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing world-class performances and new ideas to Utah audiences. ◄

This article was first published in the Liberty Reporter: 2018 Spring Newsletter >>

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