UPDATE: Listen to a podcast of ACLU's Anthony Romero's July 14 talk on American civil liberties available by podcast

By: Staff   Jul 8, 2011

Listen to national ACLU executive director Anthony Romero's remarks at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium July 14, 2011. View images from the evening's event.

The UAA Justice Center and American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska have come together to present a free public lecture by Anthony Romero, “Disparate Opportunity in America: The Ongoing Struggle for Equal Rights,” on Thursday, July 14 at 7 p.m. in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium.

Romero, national executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, will address the long and still incomplete quest for equal rights and opportunity in America, and the continuing challenges faced by minority and underprivileged communities a half century after the Civil Rights Acts and War on Poverty of the 1960s.

He led the national Safe and Free campaign to protect basic freedoms following the 9/11 attacks, achieving court victories on the USA Patriot Act, uncovering thousands of pages of documents detailing the abuse of detainees in U.S. custody, and filing the first successful legal challenge to the Bush administration’s NSA spying program. Romero has been named one of Time magazine’s “Most Influential Hispanics in America,” and is a frequent media commentator, including appearing on The Colbert Report. In 2007, Romero and co-author and NPR correspondent Dina Temple-Raston published In Defense of Our America: The Fight for Civil Liberties in the Age of Terror.

A Q&A session and reception will follow the public lecture. This event is free and open to the public, and free parking is available.

For more information, or to arrange an interview with Anthony Romero, contact Jeffrey Mittman, executive director of ACLU of Alaska, at jmittman@akclu.org or (907) 258-0044. More information on this event can be found online at www.akclu.org.

Helpful Links

UAA Justice Center: http://justice.uaa.alaska.edu/
ACLU of Alaska: http://www.akclu.org/
The Colbert Report: http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/215472/january-12-2009/anthony-romero