We are grateful to all of those who attended our Celebration and made it such an awesome success! Check out some of the photos from the event.
2016 Bill of Rights Breakfast Celebration
We gathered on Friday, May 20, at the beautiful Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City, under the theme, “Together We Stand!” We celebrated the incredible community of advocates, allies and supporters who stand together to protect and defend civil liberties in Utah!
Aaron Tarin received the Mickey Duncan Award for excellence in civil liberties legal advocacy. Aaron is the son of Mexican immigrants and is a passionate Utah attorney who is acknowledged by his colleagues as one of the leading lawyers in the complex legal world that arises when immigration and criminal laws collide.
Senator Stephen Urquhart was presented the Torch of Freedom Award for advancing civil liberties at the Utah legislature. Senator Urquhart has represented the 29th Senate district in Washington County since 2009. Sen. Urquhart has been a strong partner with the ACLU of Utah on several important pieces of legislation focused on increasing anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community in employment & housing; repealing the death penalty; and strengthening Utah’s hate crimes laws.
The Youth Activist Scholarship Awards were given to Amy Damian Ramirez and Alessandra Miranda for their strong commitment to protecting and enhancing civil liberties in their schools and communities through their work for educational equity, comprehensive sexual health curriculum, immigrant rights and social justice.
Our amazing keynote speakers were Lisa, Kevin & Kaleb Winston, plaintiffs in Winston V. SLCPD. Kaleb and his courageous family sued the Salt Lake City Police, Salt Lake City School District and West Valley City Police department, over a 2010 gang sweep at West High School. The lawsuit was recently settled and the law enforcement agencies and school district have agreed to make broad and meaningful changes in how they treat students of color and engage in school disciplinary issues.
A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR 2016 BILL OF RIGHTS CELEBRATION SPONSORS
•Legacy Circle Sponsors•
Equality Utah • Barry & Deborrah Gomberg • Joel & Alane Kester • B.W. Bastian Foundation • Steve & Brenda Lowe • Elizabeth Solomon • Catherine Putnam-Netto & John Netto • Michael and Donna Weinholtz • Lone Peak Productions
•Founder’s Circle Sponsors•
Marty Custen • Rev. Claudia & David Seiter • Karen McCreary & Kent Alderman • Parson Behle & Latimer •Constitutional Champions Sponsors•
Bill Siska & Elizabeth Conley, Elder Law Attorney • Chase Clyde • Rebecca Chavez-Houck & Martin Houck • Martin & Glynis Gregory • Jeff & Cindy Hunt • Linda Mayne & Tika Beard • Sue Marquardt • Bill Orchow & Janet Martineau • Jill & Richard Sheinberg • Utah Civil Rights & Liberties Foundation • Lewis Hansen • Parr Brown Gee & Loveless • KRCL • Planned Parenthood Association of Utah • Robert Wood & Associates • Clyde Snow • The Kanter Family Foundation
•Liberty Allies Sponsors•
AARP of Utah • Denise Dragoo • Dani Eyer & Stewart Olsen • Russell Fericks & Larry Ann Castle-Fericks • Phillips Gallery • Jay & Julie Jacobson • Cassie Power & Neal Patwari • Perretta & Associates • Angie & Peter Stefaniak • Pam Roberts • Utah Coalition of La Raza • Holland & Hart • The Salt Lake Lawyers