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A is for ACLU and Avenue Q

2 Aug

Tickets on sale now…

The ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation, in partnership with Skylight Music Theatre, presents a special preview of the Milwaukee premiere of Avenue Q!

Join us on Thursday, September 20 for an evening of irreverent fun and free expression. Thursday night is the final, full-dress rehearsal for Avenue Q and a limited number of seats will be sold to benefit the ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation.

When – September 20, 2012:

6:00 p.m. – Reception – cocktails and ample hors d’oeuvres

7:30 p.m. – Avenue Q in the Cabot Theater

Where – Skylight Music Theatre:

Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee WI 53202

Tickets for the September 20 event are on sale now! Buy tickets online or if you cannot make the event, consider making a donation to the ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation.

Find more about the Skylight Music Theatre’s production of Avenue Q on their website.

Winner of three Tony Awards including Best Musical and written by the composer of The Book of Mormon, Avenue Q is a hilarious adult-themed spoof of Sesame Street. Part flesh (human), part felt (puppets) and packed with heart, Avenue Q tells the story of Princeton, a recent college grad who moves into a shabby NYC apartment in the only neighborhood he can afford, all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that the residents of his building are not your ordinary neighbors. Together, Princeton and his new friends struggle to find decent jobs, stable relationships and a purpose in life, but ultimately realize the real world isn’t so bad after all.

This event is made possible by:

Birch Lodge Fund of

the Cream City Foundation

Pam Kriger

 Johnson & Pabst

LGBT Humanity Fund

of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Host Committee:

Ross Draegert & Robert Starshak

Paul Fairchild

Pam Kriger

Jennifer Morales

Joseph Pabst

Louis Weisberg

Paul Williams

ACLU of WI Announces Civil Liberties Awards, Bill of Rights Celebration for March 17

8 Feb

On Saturday, March 17, the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin and its supporters will recognize some of Wisconsin’s notable civil libertarians at the annual Bill of Rights Celebration. This year’s special guest will be Laughlin McDonald, Director of the ACLU’s national Voting Rights Project. The event is themed “This is What Democracy Looks Like,” to celebrate Wisconsin’s commitment to civil liberties and democratic values.

The ACLU of Wisconsin will recognize accomplishments of civil libertarians over the past year through the following awards:

William Gorham Rice Civil Libertarian of the Year: Solidarity Sing Along, for expression of the First Amendment rights of free speech and freedom of assembly. The Solidarity Sing Along is an event that has occurred at the state Capitol every weekday since March 11, 2011 soon after the building was ordered to be reopened after massive demonstrations. For the past year, participants of the Solidarity Sing Along have demonstrated a clear commitment to protecting peaceful expression in the Capitol rotunda.

Eunice Z. Edgar Lifetime Achievement Award: Rose Daitsman, for her life-long dedication to economic and gender equality and social reform. Rose Daitsman has been a member of the ACLU of Wisconsin since 1989 and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Milwaukee ACLU Chapter. She worked to promote gender equity and the elimination of racial discrimination in engineering education, and has worked to promote the implementation of Civil Rights Law and the Human Rights Treaties of the United Nations. Daitsman’s lifetime of leadership and activism is rooted in a commitment to protecting peace and human dignity. A few of her recognitions include the US Department of Energy’s Math/Science Leadership Award, World Federalist Peace Award, and the Community Shares of Greater Milwaukee Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jack and Lucy Rosenberg Youth Civil Libertarian of the Year: Young Legal Observers for their immediate and energetic response to the need to document the rights of protesters in Madison and Milwaukee. These young people have been trained to be witnesses at demonstrations and to document any violations of First Amendment rights that may occur in our public spaces. Their volunteerism, no matter what the weather or long hours, helps to defend free speech in Wisconsin. 

Special guest speaker, Laughlin McDonald, has been the director of the Atlanta-based Voting Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union since 1972 and has been an attorney and law professor. He has represented racial and language minorities in discrimination cases and specialized in the area of voting rights. He has argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, testified frequently before Congress, and written for scholarly and popular publications on civil liberties issues. His most recent books are A Voting Rights Odyssey: Black Enfranchisement in Georgia, and American Indians and the Fight for Equal Voting Rights.

For updates on this event, follow #BoRC on Twitter. Register for the event online at: www.aclu-wi/BORCThe event is held annually as a benefit for the ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation’s legal program and work to educate Wisconsin residents about their civil liberties and rights. This year’s event will be held at the Pfister Hotel at 424 East Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee and begins at 6:00 p.m.  To sponsor our awards, please contact Development Director Kristin Hansen or by phone 414-272-4032 extension 228.

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Chippewa Valley: Chapter Volunteers Cheer on the ACLU at Bobfest North

1 Jun

On Saturday May 21 the Chippewa Valley chapter of the ACLU of Wisconsin sponsored a table at Fighting Bobfest North, the northern version of the progressive festival that has been a feature of the Baraboo area each fall for nearly a decade. Chapter volunteers met over 150 people from northwest Wisconsin and from around the state, answered questions and encouraged people to join as card-carrying members. It was great to meet members in the area.

Shu-Chuan, Ann and Stacy
Many people who spoke to us had questions and comments along a central theme: the abuse of power in Wisconsin and on a federal level. Even though some said that they had never felt such a divided Wisconsin, they came to Fighting Bobfest North to learn, get inspired and find some rejuvenation to keep the dialogue going in their home communities.
Photos – Jeremy Gragert
Thank you to everyone who stopped by the ACLU table to share your thoughts. If there are tabling opportunities in your area, let us know how you can help with our statewide outreach. Contact the ACLU of Wisconsin headquarters in Milwaukee at