GLACLU participated in three Black Lives Matter events since the spring newsletter.
- ACLU of Indiana’s First Wednesday forum in September was hosted at the West Lafayette Public Library. The First Wednesday forum ‘Black Lives Matter: Diving Deeper into a Movement’ was moderated by Dave Bangert of the Lafayette Journal & Courier with panelists Jane Henegar, executive director of the ACLU of Indiana; Marlo David, Associate Professor of English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Purdue University; Na’eemah Webb, a doctoral student at Purdue University; and West Lafayette Police Department Chief Jason Dombkowski. Presenters spoke about mechanisms of institutional racism, the experience raising black children in a racist culture, and solutions to improve policing practices. The forum was well attended and ended with a lively question and answer session.
- We partnered with the Unitarian Universalist congregation in two open houses to share concerns, resources and hope for a path away from institutional racism. The GLACLU table at the BLM events at the UU church shared information on the ACLU and our long history of activities to defend the civil liberties of black Americans. The state chapter has provided informative, professionally produced materials for distribution at community events. These were helpful in engaging event participants in discussions of ACLU support for civil liberties.
The path to an America where all lives really do matter has been long and we have miles to go. Election of our first black president has raised the undercurrents of racism to roil the surface of our ‘melting pot’.
We at GLACLU plan to continue to discuss and educate about race and civil liberties. Please join us for upcoming events. Like the Greater Lafayette ACLU Facebook page to keep up to date on our events.