FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 23, 2017
CONTACT: Lindsay Kee, 615-320-7142
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee will host a “Freedom Forum” in Memphis on Tuesday, August 29 on criminal justice reform, voting rights and community activism. Hedy Weinberg, ACLU-TN executive director, will lead the discussion and share ACLU’s work and how community members can take action in support of voting rights.
“This has been a landmark year in terms of people publicly taking a stand for justice and equality in the face of unprecedented attacks on our values as Americans,” Weinberg noted. “This tour is an opportunity for people who want to move Tennessee forward to gather together, learn more about ACLU’s work, and discuss actions people can take to protect and advance civil liberties and civil rights in our state.”
Weinberg’s talk marks the launch of the ACLU-TN’s statewide Freedom Forum series, with additional conversations being planned for Chattanooga, Jackson, Johnson City, Knoxville and Nashville.
At the forefront of civil liberties battles across Tennessee, ACLU-TN employs a range of strategies including advocacy, education, coalition-building, legislative lobbying and litigation to ensure that Tennesseans’ constitutional rights are being protected. An affiliate of the national ACLU, ACLU-TN is a private, non-profit, non-partisan membership organization.
Two of ACLU-TN’s top priorities are criminal justice reform and voting rights. ACLU-TN’s Smart Justice Campaign focuses on reducing mass incarceration and increasing police accountability. ACLU-TN has also advocated extensively to remove barriers to the ballot box for people with felony convictions who have completed their sentences.
The Memphis Freedom Forum will take place at the Benjamin C. Hooks Central Library, Room C, located at 3030 Poplar Avenue, from 6 to 7:15 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
More information can be found at: http://www.aclu-tn.org/aclu-tn-freedom-forums-2017/ or by calling (615) 320-7142.