ACLU-TN’s November 16 Freedom Forum to Examine Criminal Justice Reform, Voting Rights & Activism
JACKSON, Tenn. – The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee will host a “Freedom Forum” in Jackson on Thursday, November 16 on criminal justice reform, voting rights and community activism. Lindsay Kee, ACLU-TN communications director, will lead the discussion and share ACLU’s work and how community members can take action in support of voting rights.
“This has been a landmark year in terms of people publicly taking a stand for justice and equality in the face of unprecedented attacks on our values as Americans,” ACLU-TN Executive Director Hedy Weinberg noted. “This tour is an opportunity for people who want to move Tennessee forward to gather together, learn more about ACLU’s work, and discuss actions that people can take to protect and advance civil liberties and civil rights in our state.”
ACLU-TN’s statewide Freedom Forum series has presented events in Memphis and Nashville, with additional conversations being planned for Chattanooga, Johnson City and Knoxville.
At the forefront of civil liberties battles across Tennessee, ACLU-TN employs a range of strategies including advocacy, education, coalition-building, legislative lobbying and litigation to ensure that Tennesseans’ constitutional rights are being protected. An affiliate of the national ACLU, ACLU-TN is a private, non-profit, non-partisan membership organization.
Two of ACLU-TN’s top priorities are criminal justice reform and voting rights. ACLU-TN’s Smart Justice Campaign focuses on reducing mass incarceration and increasing police accountability. ACLU-TN has also advocated extensively to remove barriers to the ballot box for people with felony convictions who have completed their sentences.
The Jackson Freedom Forum will take place at Ayers Auditorium in the McWherter Building on the Jackson State Community College Campus. The campus address is 2046 North Parkway and the auditorium is located at the corner of North Parkway and Dr. F.E. Wright Drive. The parking lot entrance is off of Dr. F.E. Wright Drive.
The discussion will take place from 6 to 7:15 p.m. It is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required.
More information can be found at http://www.aclu-tn.org/aclu-tn-freedom-forums-2017/ or by calling (615) 320-7142.
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