The ACLU of Southern California hosted its 2014 Bill of Rights Dinner on Sunday, November 9, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, paying tribute to individuals committed to the protection of civil liberties and advocacy for equal rights.
The 2014 Bill of Rights honorees included Participant Media CEO Jim Berk presented by actor David Oyelowo; artist and Co-Founder of the True Colors Fund Cyndi Lauper presented by actor and writer Fran Drescher; longtime ACLU SoCal Board Member Marvin Schachter; and Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Records & Warner/Chappell Music Publishing Cameron Strang presented by musician Tom Morello.
The Ramona Ripston Liberty, Justice & Equality Award was presented to U.S. Senator for Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren by ACLU SoCal Executive Director Emeritus Ramona Ripston, who was introduced by Norman Lear.
In his keynote ACLU SoCal Executive Director Hector Villagra addressed the urgent humanitarian crisis of child refugees from Central America and the critical need for legal defense of unaccompanied minors in deportation proceedings.
The program also included a musical performance by singer-songwriter Steve Earle.
ACLU SoCal is grateful to all the sponsors of the 2014 Bill of Rights Dinner, captured in our Tribute Video.