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The land of the free? Rights and liberties in America today

University of Essex

Monday, 23 October 2017 from 19:30 to 20:30 (BST)

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The University of Essex is hosting a unique open lecture by the leading American defender of civil liberties.

Civil liberties in the USA face unprecedented opposition in an age when its leaders assault rights in name of protecting national security. Can ordinary American citizens fight back and protect their constitution? Can sanctuary cities set an example for all? And is it truly the land of the free? Anthony D Romero, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, which has galvanized new levels of grassroot activism through its People Power initiative, and successfully  fought President Trump’s travel ban in the courts, addresses some of the most pressing issues facing his homeland, issues that impact people around the world. 

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Anthony D. Romero is the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, the nation's premier defender of civil liberties. He took the helm of the organization just seven days before the September 11, 2001 attacks. Anticipating the impending assault on civil liberties in the name of protecting national security, Romero quickly launched the Keep America Safe and Free campaign to protect basic freedoms. He created the ACLU’s National Security Project, which achieved legal victories on the Patriot Act, uncovered thousands of pages of documents detailing the torture and abuse of detainees in U.S. custody, and filed the first successful legal challenge to the Bush administration's illegal NSA spying program. During the Obama administration, the ACLU continued its litigation on NSA surveillance and launched litigation and advocacy around the U.S. drone program. Bio continued here.

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University of Essex
Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall
Wivenhoe Park
CO4 3WA Colchester
United Kingdom

Monday, 23 October 2017 from 19:30 to 20:30 (BST)


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