Civil Rights in Texas
Each and every day, the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas defends and preserves the rights guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether in the courts, the legislature, or the community, the ACLU of Texas is fighting to protect individual liberties and civil rights for all.
About Our Speaker:
Executive director of the ACLU of Texas since January of 2008, Terri Burke has led the organization through a strategic focus on LGBT equality, criminal law reform, religious liberty, immigrants’ rights and reproductive rights. Under her leadership, the organization relocated its headquarters to Houston, expanded its statewide reach by opening four satellite offices in Dallas, Brownsville, Austin, and El Paso, increased its staff from 8 to more than 30, and increased ACLU of Texas membership rolls fivefold.
Through her commitment to challenge the central threats to civil liberties in the Lone Star State, the ACLU of Texas has brought its growing strength to bear on the most pressing issues facing Texans, on both the statewide and local levels. During Ms. Burke’s tenure, the organization brought lawsuits against federal immigration agencies to curb excessive force and family detention; expanded awareness and implementation of LGBT equality through active support of local non-discrimination ordinances and campaigns like Houston Unites; diminished the school-to-prison pipeline through advocacy with local school boards in Houston, Dallas, and Austin; built and reinforced statewide coalitions to expand the organization’s reach even further; and raised awareness of private prison abuse, solitary confinement and criminal justice abuses through the publication of widely cited reports.
6:50am - Coffee & Networking
7:10am - Breakfast Buffet
7:25am - Introductions & Announcements
7:50am - Speaker Introduction
8:20am - Q&A
8:30am - Have a wonderful Wednesday!
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