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Past Events

This is a list of some of the past events organized, hosted, or sponsored, by the ACLU of Utah. 

Avenues Street Fair

29 August 2013 Published in Past Events
Saturday, September 7, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.  Get information about the what's up with the ACLU of Utah. Become a member, or renew your membership, and get a free ACLU hat or t-shirt.  Our booth will be on the south side of 1st Avenue between Q and R Streets.  

Provo Pride Festival

28 August 2013 Published in Past Events
Saturday, September 21, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM @ Memorial Park In June, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the federal law that discriminated against gays and lesbians. This is a huge step forward, but the ruling does not invalidate Utah's constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between one man and one woman. There is a lot of work ahead to realize equality in marriage, employment, housing, and public accommodations in Utah. As we continue our work we invite you to join us at the first ever Provo Pride Festival this Saturday, September 21 to celebrate and support the growing LGBT community in Utah County. Stop by our booth to find out how we are working to protect equality for all. Receive a free t-shirt or hat by becoming a member or renewing your membership. See you on Saturday! Get more information about the Provo Pride Festival: Visit their Facebook Page >> Visit their website >> Get directions >>

Anita: Free Film Screening & Panel Discussion

08 August 2013 Published in Past Events
Tuesday, Aug 27, 7:00 PM, at the Downtown SLC Library Auditorium  

2013 Member Meeting & Open House

06 June 2013 Published in Past Events
    Tuesday, August 6, 5:30 - 7:30 PMAt the ACLU of Utah office 355 N. 300 W. in Salt Lake City Free and open to all ACLU members!  If you aren’t a member you can become one before the meeting.   ACLU of Utah supporter, If you've followed recent events in the local news, you know we've had a big year year for civil liberties victories! We have had some tremendous successes through our legal and legislative actions, including: Convincing the Utah Department of Corrections to end constitutionally questionable visiting policies including the requirement that only English be spoken during visits and allowed only one unmarried person of the opposite sex on a prisoner's visitor list. Challenging a Davis School District ban on a book about same sex families. Working with legislators to pass a bill that limits the use of and data collected by Automatic License Plate Readers. We thrive on your passion and involvement to protect civil liberties in Utah. Come to our Membership Meeting & Open House on Tuesday, August 6 at 5:30 p.m., to share the excitement and find out how you can become more involved! This event is free and open to all ACLU members!…

Bill of Rights BREAKFAST Celebration!

16 May 2013 Published in Past Events
The ACLU of Utah’s 55th Sparkling Emerald Anniversary Bill of Rights Celebration was a splashing success! This year, nearly 300 guests enjoyed coffee, breakfast, and free Mimosas and Bloody Marys while chatting with friends and fellow supporters about protecting civil liberties in Utah. The morning kicked off with a video featuring ACLU of Utah plaintiffs who shared their struggles against oppressive state laws, including HB 461 (a law mandating a 72-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions), and HB 497 (Utah’s version of Arizona’s “Show me your papers” law), which, thankfully, the ACLU of Utah has helped block for two years! Executive Director Karen McCreary presented the 2013 Torch of Freedom Award to the Salt Lake Dream Team, a group of courageous students who have exposed their undocumented immigrant status in pursuit of immigration reform. Attendees also heard from Tina Weber, the ACLU of Utah plaintiff who successfully sued the Davis School District for the return of In Our Mothers’ House, a charming children’s book about a same-sex parent family, to elementary school library shelves in Davis County. 2013 Youth Activist Scholarship recipients Liesl Darger, Eliza Grainger, and Sheila Lazcano accepted awards honoring their advocacy for religious freedom, comprehensive sex…

GIDEON'S ARMY- Free Film Screening & Panel Discussion

01 March 2013 Published in Past Events
EVERYONE DESERVES THE BEST DEFENSE THIS AWARD WINNING FILM TAKES AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE PROBLEMS WITH OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THREE YOUNG PUBLIC DEFENDERS. In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the historic Supreme Court decision in Gideon v. Wainwright MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2013 6:30 PM SLC DOWNTOWN CITY LIBRARY AUDITORIUM FREE FILM SCREENING FOLLOWED BY A PANEL DISCUSSION EXPLORING THE STATE OF INDIGENT DEFENSE IN UTAH Moderated by Jesse Nix, President, Utah Minority Bar AssociationJudge John Baxter, Salt Lake City Justice CourtEmily Chiang, Professor of Constitutional Law, S. J. Quinney School of Law at the University of UtahJohn Mejia, Legal Director, ACLU of UtahCliff Venable, Attorney, Salt Lake Legal Defenders AssociationCLE Approval Pending SPONSORED BY ACLU of UtahUtah Association of Criminal Defense LawyersUtah Minority Bar Association We are excited to co-sponsor this event in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the historic Supreme Court decision inGideon v. Wainwright concluding that state governments have an obligation under the United States Constitution to provide lawyers to people charged with a crime who cannot afford to hire their own. Despite that clear decision, and despite the Court’s extension of the right to counsel for juvenile delinquency cases and to misdemeanor cases where…