SARASOTA, FL – In response to concerns over civil liberties in the upcoming Trump administration, the Sarasota Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida will hold a series of monthly programs titled “Ask the ACLU.” The concerns over civil liberties were raised during the presidential campaign, when President-elect Trump made numerous promises that have been deemed un-American, unlawful and unconstitutional by the ACLU.
On Thursday, December 1, 6:30-7:30pm at the Selby Library Geldbart Auditorium (1331 1st St., Sarasota), the Sarasota Chapter of the ACLU of Florida launches the series with “Ask the ACLU,” addressing the overall concerns with the incoming administration and answering questions attendees have about our long-established civil liberties under the Bill of Rights. The panelists will be Andrea Mogensen, Grissim Walker, Pete Tannen, and Michael Barfield. The meeting is free and open to the public, and no RSVP is required; light refreshments will be served.
Future programs will address: deportation in the U.S. (Jan. 5); discrimination, registries, and surveillance in America (Feb. 2); annual meeting (March TBA); access to abortion (April 6); protection of LGBT rights (May 4); and police and community relations, and race-based policing (June 1). All programs are non-partisan; the goal is to inform and empower.
“Our national office has very clearly indicated that it will be vigilant in ensuring that any action the Trump administration takes that encroaches on our cherished freedoms and rights will be vigorously challenged at every turn,” said Michael Barfield, vice president of ACLU Florida. “By bringing the community together to learn about their civil liberties and discuss areas of concern, we hope to engage and motivate the entire community in the fight to maintain the freedom and justice of all Americans.”
For more information about the Sarasota Chapter of the ACLU and these programs, call Pete Tannen at (941) 306-1937 or go to sarasota.aclufl.org.
About the Sarasota Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union:
The Sarasota Chapter of the ACLU of Florida serves Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties. With almost 1,200 members, we are the fastest-growing ACLU chapter in all of Florida. The ACLU is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization — we welcome everyone to join us in our constant fight to protect your constitutional rights. Our only mission is to keep the promise of the Bill of Rights alive for every American. For more information, visit Sarasota.aclufl.org, the website of the Florida ACLU (ACLUFL.org) or the national ACLU (ACLU.org), or call (941) 306-1937.