Please join us for this terrific opportunity to talk with the Executive Director of the ACLU of Illinois on the connections between such apparently disparate threats to our communities as ending asylum, narrowing reproductive rights, and ending anti-discrimination protections — and what we can do about it!
“Civil Liberties and Our Communities: Constructive Responses to Current Threats”, a conversation with Colleen Connell, Executive Director of the ACLU of Illinois, will be held from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm on Wednesday, Oct 23, in Roosevelt’s 2nd floor Spertus Lounge (244 in the Auditorium Bldg, 430 S Michigan Ave).
Ms. Connell will discuss the impact populism is having on our current civil rights and liberties, in ways that range from immigration rights to reproductive freedoms. Colleen Connell is the first female attorney to lead the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. Prior to becoming the Executive Director, Ms. Connell served as the ACLU’s Associate Legal Director and Director of the Reproductive Rights Project. In that capacity, she directed the organization’s litigation efforts on constitutional rights of privacy & protecting the rights of Illinois citizens to make decisions concerning reproductive matters & child-bearing, without undue governmental restriction. A native of North Dakota, she graduated from North Dakota State University & University of Iowa School of Law.
In the wake of the Trump Administration’s threats to crack down on immigrant access to public services, in violation of domestic and international law, legal organizations like the Illinois Coalition on Immigrant and Refugee Rights have tirelessly defended the rights of immigrant communities. Mr. Tsao will discuss the public charge rule that goes into effect Oct. 15, excluding immigrants from access to public services in the US, and the way that ICIRR and other key legal organizations continue to fight for immigrant communitiies’ human rights to safety and dignity.
This event is part of The Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project’s 2019 Community Conversations Series, “Just Communities: Inclusiveness, Rights, and Resilience To Populism.” Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Professor Bethany Barratt, Director, Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project, at firstname.lastname@example.org.