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ACLU of Arizona to Celebrate 60th Anniversary
Saturday, November 2, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm MST
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona is celebrating its 60th anniversary this Saturday, November 2, at the Heard Museum in downtown Phoenix. “In This Together: A Benefit for the ACLU Foundation of Arizona,” will feature Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and leading voice for the human rights of immigrants, as the event keynote speaker. The gala will honor law firm Perkins Coie, local activist and artist Cat Castañeda, and longtime civil rights advocate and ACLU of Arizona co-founder Alice Bendheim for their contributions to the civil rights organization.
The ACLU of Arizona was established in 1959 with a membership of 120. Since then, the organization has grown to include 16,000 members today, up from 5,000 before 2016. Over the past six decades, the ACLU of Arizona has worked in courts, the Legislature, and communities statewide to protect the constitutional rights of all people. Some of its recent accomplishments include securing driver’s licenses for young Dreamers, stopping discriminatory workplace and immigration enforcement raids by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, ending discriminatory charter school enrollment practices and improving medical and mental health care in Arizona’s prison system. As part of the anniversary festivities, the organization sponsored a traveling art exhibition that was displayed across the state over the past year.
“For sixty years, the ACLU of Arizona has fought to change the civil liberties landscape in Arizona, protecting the rights of some of the most vulnerable residents of our state – including immigrants, religious minorities, people impacted by the justice system and LGBTQ people – without compromising on our mission of ensuring fair and equal treatment for all no matter how unpopular or controversial,” said Alessandra Navidad, executive director for the ACLU of Arizona. “From challenging Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s practice of racial profiling to fighting to reduce mass incarceration in our state, our work has been nonstop and far-reaching. I am proud to honor civil libertarian giants like Alice, Cat, and Perkins Coie. It is thanks to their tenacity, bravery, and support that the ACLU of Arizona remains the state’s premier guardian of liberty.”
The ACLU of Arizona’s 60th anniversary gala will take place on November 2, 2019, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Heard Museum located at 2301 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004.
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