Hollywood Methodist Church, Los Angeles CaliforniaThe ACLU of Southern California invites you to the Women’s Rights Forum at the Hollywood United Methodist Church (6817 Franklin Ave.) on Tuesday, March 11, from 7p.m. to 9p.m. Guest speakers include: Patty Bellasalma, President, CA NOW Laphonza Butler, President, SEIU ULTCW Sandra Fluke Thalia Gonzalez, Professor, Occidental College Listen as they discuss the state of women's rights regarding equal pay, reproductive justice, poverty from childhood through retirement, immigration and ongoing deportations and what can be done to address the disparity. The even is free and open to the public. REGISTER NOW
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena CAOur national security agencies spare no effort in recruiting the most talented individuals into their service. People are recruited through appeals to their best intentions. They join because they want to serve our nation’s efforts in important matters such as preventing terrorism. In addition, large private employers pursue and hire talented employees skilled in the telecommunications and Internet fields. These government and private employees alike have reason to take the current state of surveillance seriously. The government employees may, like Edward Snowden, find the organization they serve stampeding constitutional rights in the name of national security. And the private sector employees, like whistleblowers Mark Klein and Nicholas Merrill, may find themselves conscripted into the “war on terror” through hundreds of thousands of federal government demands on their employers for information of all kinds, often backed by gag orders prohibiting them from telling anyone anything at all about those demands. Many students will be drawn into national service as direct employees or as private contractors. They may also enter the private sector and face government demands for information they disagree with giving. The Edward Snowdens, Mark Kleins, and Nicholas Merrills of tomorrow could be students today. What can be done to prepare graduates for such eventualities before they enter the workforce? What should potential recruits know to protect themselves? What can people do if they discover wrongdoing by their employers? Join us as Susan N. Herman addresses these questions, tells the story of three whistleblowers, and explains why you should care about government dragnets and databases. Susan will sign books after the event. Copies of Taking Liberties: the War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy will be available for purchase. Cash only, please. Susan N. Herman is President of the American Civil Liberties Union. She is Centennial Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, where she teaches courses in Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure, and presents seminars on Law and Literature, and Terrorism and Civil Liberties. She writes extensively on constitutional and criminal procedure topics and is the author of Taking Liberties: the War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy Oxford University Press, 2011.This event is intended to provide an information sharing forum for faculty, students, and the general public. Sponsored by the Caltech “Y” Social Activity Speaker Series and ACLU SoCal.
Embarcadero Hall, Goleta CAACLU SoCal Santa Barbara Chapter invites you to its Spring Forum featuring Susan Herman, national president of the American Civil Liberties Union, for a talk on: Government Surveillance, Secrecy, and Retaliation against Whistleblowers: Civil Liberties in the National Security Era March 13, 2014, 7:00 – 9:00 pm Embarcadero Hall 935 Embarcadero del Norte, Goleta, CA 93117 The event is free and open to the public with free parking and wheelchair accessibility. Susan Herman is Centennial Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School. Her latest book is Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy and is available for purchase. Cash only, please. Professor Herman will do a book signing after the event.
Fairview Community Church, Costa MesaIn Orange County, thousands of persons experience homelessness in a given year. Many remain homeless because they cannot access affordable housing, permanent supportive housing, medical care or benefits. Due to the lack of year-round emergency shelter, many homeless individuals are forced to live in public spaces and face criminal penalties for engaging in necessary activities – like sleeping in public – that are a direct result of their homeless status. Join Heather Johnson, ACLU SoCal staff attorney on the Dignity for All Project, and community members for an important discussion on homelessness in Orange County and learn what you can do to help.
Mercado La Paloma, Los Angeles CADid you know the Los Angeles County Sheriff is an elected official? Come meet the candidates for the upcoming L.A. Sheriff election at the L.A. Sheriff Debates, moderated by the League of Women Voters. Six candidates competing for the office will introduce themselves to the public in debates scheduled on March 20 in Los Angeles and April 24 in Santa Monica. Former Sheriff Lee Baca stepped down at the end of January making this one of the most open and widely contested sheriff’s election in recent memory. Candidates participating: Patrick Gomez Jim Hellmold Jim McDonnell Bob Olmsted Todd Rogers Paul Tanaka Lou Vince First Debate: Thursday, March 20, 2014 6:30 pm-9:30 pm Mercado La Paloma 3655 S. Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90007 RSVP ONLINE by March 14 Second Debate: Thursday, April 24, 2014 6:30-9:30 pm Church in Ocean Park 235 Hill Street Santa Monica, CA 90405 RSVP ONLINE by April 18 The debates are free and open to the public. The debates are sponsored by a coalition composed of Dignity Now: Safety For All, Justice Not Jails, the Los Angeles Regional Reentry Partnership and the ACLU of Southern California.
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