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Civil rights leader to discuss Obama, legislation

January 8, 2009

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Area civil rights leaders will have an event in Lawrence the day after president-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration.

The event, scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 21, is being held to discuss steps that Obama and congressional leaders “must take to restore our lost civil liberties and the rule of the law,” American Civil Liberties Union organizers said in a news release.

The ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri and the Douglas County ACLU chapter will host the free event, called The New President and the ACLU: An Evening of Celebration, Inspiration and Action, in the auditorium of the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.

Kansas University political science professor Burdett Loomis and the Rev. Verdell Taylor Jr., of St. Luke AME Church, will participate in a community conversation and discuss, among several things, “the effort to stop illegal surveillance (and) unconstitutional detention and torture,” ACLU leaders said.

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macon47 5 years, 3 months ago

I can say we had a great year:> > Blacks are happy; Obama was elected.> > Whites are happy, OJ is in jail.> > Democrats are happy; George Bush is leaving office.> > Republicans are happy: Democrats will finally quit> saying George Bush stole the election.> > And all of us are so happy; The election is finally over!> > > I think 2009 will be even better: Immediately after his> inauguration, Obama will balance the budget, revive the> economy, solve the real estate problem, solve the auto> industry problem, solve our gas/alternative energy problem,> stop the fires and mudslides in California, ban hurricanes> and tornadoes, stop identity theft, reverse global warming,> find Osama, solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, get rid> of corruption in government and achieve world peace . Then> on the 7th day, He will rest.> > > > >and remember:> > "The government cannot give to anyone anything that> it does not first take from someone else."

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malkasmama 5 years, 3 months ago

Civil Rights leaders, and all community members who feel passionate about civil rights or other issues, are invited to attend the MLK Speak Out! also in the Library auditorium Jan. 18th. Bring a speech, poem, story to share with the community expressing your ideas, passions, and dreams! We want to hear your voice! 3-5pm

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bennyoates 5 years, 3 months ago

A very important event that should make all Lawrence residents who truly believe in freedom, dignity, and egalitarianism proud. Thanks LJ World for calling attention to it.

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