As the midterm election proved, the rights afforded by our Constitution are vulnerable to attack. The protection of our freedoms requires constant vigilance and even despite valiant efforts, our liberties are sometimes restricted—temporarily.
With the passage of Amendment 1, the legislature is poised to begin attempting to erect barriers to health services and challenge the privacy and religious freedom of women in Tennessee. But the robust, statewide grassroots coalition that was built to fight Amendment 1 will continue the battle to ensure that a woman’s access to reproductive health care is protected, and that government does not dictate a woman’s private medical decisions. And we will succeed in this fight.
As we ready ourselves for our upcoming battle, we realize that our civil liberties are hard won and it is important that we take time to celebrate the victories we have achieved along the way. Through the dedicated efforts of our staff, volunteers and supporters and with the collaboration of our coalition partners, ACLU-TN was able in many ways to successfully protect and advance civil liberties in our state over the past year.
With these victories in mind, we invite all of ACLU-TN’s liberty-protecting supporters to join us on Wednesday, November 19th for the 2014 Bill of Rights Celebration in Nashville!
Van Jones will join us to deliver the key note address for the Celebration. Van appears on CNN's Crossfire and is the president and co-founder of Rebuild the Dream, a “think tank” that pushes for change on pressing issues, including excessive incarceration. A best-selling author and attorney, Van has worked for social, economic, racial and environmental justice for over 20 years.
Celebrating our victories and the victories of our community provides all of us the inspiration to continue to fight to restore our rights. Despite attempts by the government to intrude and challenge our freedom, we will prevail.
Join us as we celebrate our efforts to protect the Bill of Rights and the values we know are worth fighting for.
November 6, 2014: ACLU-TN Reaction to 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Overturning Lower Court Decisions that had Struck Down Marriage Bans
November 4, 2014: TN Voters Narrowly Pass Anti-Abortion Ballot Measure
October 27, 2014: ACLU-TN and EFF Urge Williamson County Schools to Change Social Media and Technology Policy; Policy Violates Students’ First and Fourth Amendment Rights