The Metro Detroit Branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in Michigan held its “Reclaiming Our Rights” conference on Saturday, January 26, at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn.
Detroit Branch NAACP Deputy Director Donnell White (l, at table), Dawud Walid, of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and ACLU staff attorney Mark Fancher speak to a room full of activists at the Arab American National Museum January 26 during the ACLU’s Reclaiming our rights conference.
The conference, entitled “Standing up for Civil Liberties and the Bill of Rights,” focused on the attacks on civil liberties that people in the Metro Detroit area are currently facing.
Heather Bendure, ACLU Metro Detroit Board President, said that the conference was an opportunity to bring to light many of the issues affecting people in the Metro Detroit area, and allow individuals to discuss solutions to ongoing problems.
“The main focus of this conference was for ACLU members in the Metro Detroit area to get together and discuss issues of mutual concern,” she stated. “We wanted to highlight the key issues in Michigan, and give the participants an opportunity to discuss these ideas further and learn from each other.”
The day-long event covered a wide variety of topics, including racial and ethnic rights, censorship, profiling, and restrictions on freedom of speech and assembly. (MORE)


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