We had such a great conversation with members from all over Virginia during our inaugural Member Forums in 2017 that we just had to keep it going. Here come the 2nd Annual ACLU of Virginia Member Forums!
We will host Member Forums this year in five locations that represent an even broader tour of the state than we undertook our first time out. In particular, we’ll be reaching out further to the Southside and Southwest regions where, frankly, our membership is a little thinner but the issues are no less important.
At these events, we will share our vision and priorities for this year, as well as empower attendees to engage locally in the effort to defend civil liberties and advance civil rights. Learn what you can do to help advance our goal of securing freedom and equality for all in the Commonwealth.
But we also want to hear from you. We want to know about civil rights issues you face wherever you live and no matter who you are. Whether your problem is related to discrimination, voting rights, the criminal justice system, access to abortion, overly aggressive law enforcement, censorship and denial of free speech rights, government closed to public scrutiny, privacy and surveillance, or something else, we want to hear about it.
Please also note that while we will continue to bill these events as “Member Forums,” they will be open to anyone concerned about the current state of civil rights and civil liberties in Virginia. Based on feedback provided by those who attended last year’s forums, 92 percent said they would encourage a friend to attend a similar event.
Here are the dates and locations we have scheduled so far:
Wednesday, May 23, 7-8:30 p.m.
Wytheville Community College
Grayson Hall, Snyder Auditorium
1000 East Main Street, Wytheville, Va. 24382
Thursday, May 24, 7-8:30 p.m.
Glenwood Community Center
1550 Halifax Rd, Danville, VA 24540
Wednesday, June 6, 7-8:30 p.m.
Christopher Newport University
Freeman Center, Meeting Room 202
1 University Pl, Newport News, Va. 23606
Stay tuned for additional Member Forums to be scheduled in Richmond and the Shenandoah Valley this fall!
Space is limited at each event, so please register early!