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August 30, 2021 at 1:58 pm

Come Join the Ohio University Chapter of the ACLU, Sept. 2

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The Ohio University Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is excited to announce that they will resume holding its weekly meetings in person on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. in Bentley 227, beginning on September 2nd.

“I am thrilled to be in person this year!” notes ACLU’s treasurer, Hailey Gifford. “We really tried to make the best of our situation being online this year but I am confident that being in-person will motivate our members even more to work hard on these critical issues.”

The Ohio University Chapter of the ACLU brings the ACLU’s goals of defending and preserving civil rights and liberties derived from the Constitution to Ohio University’s campus, making the group more accessible and allow students to access valuable information and practice advocacy for civil liberties and rights.

The ACLU is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that works through litigation and lobbying to protect and preserve American liberties and rights.

The ACLU was founded nearly 100 years ago, and since then has garnered more than 1.5 million members nationwide. The ACLU continues to fight today government abuse and individual freedoms and liberties.

Throughout its existence, the ACLU has been involved in dozens of famous court cases. For instance, the legalization of abortion through Roe v. Wade, and also the expansion of privacy rights of same sex couples in Lawrence v. Texas.

The ACLU continues to be integral to some of the most significant social and political developments of this century.

At chapter meetings, the group recaps recent political events that directly affect the lives of Ohio University students, such as reproductive justice, LGBTQ+ rights, criminal justice reform, freedom of speech, racial justice, and much more.

In addition, last year, the group hosted a plethora of events: Executive Director of the ACLU of Ohio, J. Bennett Guess, for an event called “Civil Liberties in the Biden Administration”, a roundtable discussion with faculty called “Speak your Peace”, they raised money throughout the month of November for Black Women’s Health Imperative, and even held a Listening Campaign with the ACLU of Ohio.

The groups are open to all and no formal membership is required.

For more information, you can contact New Member Coordinator, Kelly Dawson: kd703018@ohio.edu

Or, fill out this form to be added to the organization’s email list: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdxBD5PmqagUs_xCYUjuBAoVDGKQ6i6iG–99tRvWClo26Z5g/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

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