Tuesday, September 17, 2013

ACLU Organizing Public Forum

Join the American Civil Liberties Union for a discussion on the ACLU's recent work in Southern California, followed by a discussion about what life is like for an ACLU attorney. 


  • Location: Dumke Commons
  • Time: 7:30 PM
  • Sponsor: Politics

Protecting our rights and liberties is more important than ever. The 90-year-old American Civil Liberties Union has long stood in the forefront of battles to protect civil liberties and rights in matters involving freedom of speech, religious liberty, criminal justice and drug policy reform, privacy, and LGBT rights, among others. 

To equip a new generation of civil rights activists at Occidental College, the ACLU of Southern California has been working with Occidental College professors Thalia Gonzales, Marla Stone, and Thad Russell to organize the discussion. ACLU-SoCal Executive Director Hector Villagra will discuss the ACLU's most recent work, followed by a discussion between Politics Professor Thalia Gonzales and Ahilan Arulantham, Deputy Legal Director and head of the ACLU-SoCal Immigrant Rights Project, about life as an ACLU attorney. 

The evening will conclude with a discussion of the merits of forming a new ACLU chapter on Occidental's campus and what that would entail.