The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Colorado will host its annual Bill of Rights event virtually with free registration to members, donors, activists and all interested community members on October 7, at 6:00 pm MT. This year’s program honors Colorado leaders and commemorates civil rights and civil liberties successes. Hosted by Executive Director Deborah Richardson, who joined the ACLU of Colorado in March 2021, the event will be an opportunity to hear directly from the organization’s accomplished new leader.
“It is a pleasure to be a part of my first Bill of Rights Event as Executive Director of the ACLU of Colorado. “The event is our opportunity to gather as a community with those who align with our mission, change-makers, and partners to reflect on the successes of the past year. We are honored to recognize courageous individuals while raising awareness of our collective fight for civil rights and civil liberties,” Richardson said.
The keynote speaker will be Deborah Archer, a prolific civil rights lawyer, scholar, teacher, and the first Black person to lead the National ACLU board of directors. ACLU of Colorado will present Sharletta C. Evans with the Carle Whitehead Memorial Award. The award honors her lifelong commitment to restorative justice and criminal legal reform. Hans Meyer will receive the Edward Sherman Award for his legal work advocating for immigrants’ rights at the intersection of immigration law and the criminal legal system. Finally, Lori Lizarraga, Sonia Gutierrez, and Kristen Aguirre will receive the Larry Tajiri Media Award for their activism fighting discrimination in the newsroom, including bravely challenging 9News Denver station leaders on how they cover issues affecting Latinx people in Colorado and advocating for more equitable representation of Colorado communities of color.
The event will close with a special performance from Ecuadorian pop musician, Neoma, who currently lives in Denver, Colorado. Neoma will be joined on stage by Danny Pauta for an acoustic set of their singles “Young” and “FIXXIÓN.”
All funds raised by the event will provide crucial support to sustain and expand ACLU of Colorado’s legal, communication, and education work throughout Colorado. Registration is free and Spanish, ASL, and CART interpretation will be available. At the Freedom League level, the event is sponsored by Susan Stark and Bob Connelly.
All are encouraged to join us for this free event by registering at: https://aclu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BRs1ImrdSv6emwhDWwABEA. Also, supporters can make a tax-deductible donation of any size to support the event at: https://action.aclu.org/give/co-support-2021-bill-rights-event.
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