The Ohio State University at Marion


Norman Thomas Memorial Lecture

Civil Liberties in the Age of Trump

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 12 p.m.
Maynard Hall, Guthery Community Room

Presented by Mike Brickner, Senior Policy Director for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was founded in 1920 to ensure the promise of the Bill of Rights and to expand its reach to people historically denied its protections. In The ACLU's first year, it fought the harassment and deportation of immigrants whose activism put them at odds with the authorities. In 1939, the ACLU won in the Supreme Court the right for unions to organize. The ACLU stood almost alone in 1942 in denouncing the U.S. government’s round-up and internment in concentration camps of more than 110,000 Japanese-Americans. And at times in U.S. history when frightened civilians have been willing to give up some of their freedoms and rights in the name of national security, the ACLU has been the bulwark for liberty.

The ACLU has grown from a roomful of civil libertarians to more than 1 million members, activists, and supporters across the country. The ACLU is now a nationwide organization with a 50-state network of staffed affiliate offices filing cases in both state and federal courts. The ACLU appears before the Supreme Court more than any other organization except the Department of Justice.

Mike Brickner, Senior Policy Director, will discuss the various immigration orders, the use of private prisons, the setbacks we have seen with the Departments of Justice and Education, etc, as well as the important current work of the ACLU.

The event will be followed by a lunch with the speaker in the Dean's Board Room from about 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Speaker Biography
Mike Brickner has dedicated his career as Senior Policy Director to mass incarceration issues, particularly the intersection between criminal justice and poverty and the treatment of people in prisons and jail. During his tenure at the ACLU, Mike has worked on a variety of critical civil liberties movements. These include coordinating campaigns to expand and protect the right to vote, combating privatization of prisons, and promoting reforms to Ohio’s criminal justice system. In 2013, Mike co-authored two reports focusing on the intersection of poverty and the criminal justice system. One report culminated in the Ohio Supreme Court increasing education and training for court personnel and issuing bench cards with clear rules for collecting fines and court costs.
We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 11 April 2017 at Noon in the Guthery Community Room for this very important, exciting, and timely conversation.