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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

2007 ACLU of WI Statewide Activist Conference November 17th!

2007 ACLU of Wisconsin Activist Conference

Don’t Wait For ’08…
Roll Up Your Sleeves For Liberty Now!

November 17, 2007
Pyle Center, Madison, Wisconsin


Registration – 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Morning Plenary – 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Welcome
Keynote from Kate Stewart, partner at Belden, Russonello & Stewart, ACLU’s pollster on public opinion in the post 9/11 era. BRS’s on-going work for the ACLU includes message development in the debate between civil liberties and the fight against terrorism. Kate Stewart has worked on projects for other Wisconsin clients, so she’s familiar with local opinion. BRS is located in Washington D.C.

Break 10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Morning Breakout Sessions – 10:45 – Noon
Digital Activism – featuring Jason Hargis, ACLU of Wisconsin Youth Program Associate and Chris Dols, UW Campus Antiwar Network

Life After the Marriage Amendment – featuring Larry Dupuis, ACLU of Wisconsin Legal Director and co-counsel in our legal challenge to a ban on domestic partnership benefits and LGBT rights activists on advocacy efforts around the state.

Safe and Free After the Patriot Act – Tim Sparapani, Legislative Counsel for the ACLU Washington Legislative Office (repeated in the afternoon).

Protecting Voting Rights – Restore the Vote WI! featuring Renee Crawford, ACLU of Wisconsin Associate Director; State Representative Joe Parisi (D-Madison); and Reggie Jackson, Lead Griot of America’s Black Holocaust Museum in Milwaukee.

Break Noon – 12:15 p.m.

Luncheon Program at the Lowell Center – 12:15 – 1:45 p.m.
Call to Action and ACLU of Wisconsin Annual Meeting – featuring national ACLU Legislative Counsel Tim Sparapani. Tim Sparapani is Legislative Counsel for the ACLU Washington Legislative Office where he lobbies Congress and the executive branch on safe and free issues. Originally from Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Tim is a 2000 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Guerilla Theater for Social Change – featuring Emilio De Torre, ACLU of Wisconsin Youth and Program Director, and Carolina Soza of Teatro Maquis in Milwaukee.

Safe and Free After the Patriot Act – Tim Sparapani, Legislative Counsel for the ACLU Washington Legislative Office.

Effective Grassroots Organizing – Local activists from Green Bay, Madison and Milwaukee will share their experiences.

Wrap up and Debriefing – 3:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Location – The Pyle Center is located at 702 Langdon St. at the corner of Lake Street and Langdon Street and two buildings east of the Memorial Union on the UW-Madison campus. For directions and a map of nearby parking, please visit http://www.aclu-wi.org/ for details.

Registration – The activist conference includes lunch and costs $25 or $10 for students/limited-income. You can register for the conference online, by phone or through mail/fax. Advance registration ends November 14:

Online – go to http://www.aclu-wi.org/activist
Call – (414) 272-4032 x 11 or (608) 469-5540 to use your credit card or to request a registration form to be sent to you.


Even if you can’t attend the 2007 Activist Conference, you can join the ACLU of Wisconsin’s Activist Network at http://www.aclu-wi.org/.

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