Join us Thursday, February 5 for an event ACLU members and supporters and defenders of civil liberties will not want to miss.
The Department of Political Science at the College of Charleston will host Susan Herman, President of the American Civil Liberties Union at this year’s Convocation of Majors.
Susan N. Herman was elected President of the ACLU in 2008, after having served on the ACLU National Board of Directors for twenty years, as a member of the Executive Committee for 16 years, and as General Counsel for ten years.
She holds a chair as Centennial Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, where she teaches courses in Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure, and seminars on Law and Literature, and Terrorism and Civil Liberties.
Herman writes extensively on constitutional and criminal procedure topics. Her most recent book, "Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy," was the winner of the 2012 IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize.
Susan Herman, Keynote Speaker
Department of Political Science Convocation of Majors
Thursday, February 5, 4:00 p.m.
College of Charleston
44 George Street, Charleston, SC
The grand jurys’ decisions in Missouri and New York do not negate the fact that the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner are part of an alarming trend of officers using excessive force against people of color, often during routine encounters. Yet in most cases, the officers and police departments are not held accountable. While many officers carry out their jobs with respect for the communities they serve, we must confront the profound disconnect and disrespect that many communities of color experience with their local law enforcement.
The ACLU will continue to fight for racial justice. To build trust, we must have a democratic system where our communities have an equal say in the way their neighborhoods are policed. Collaboration, transparency, and communication between police and communities around the shared goals of equality, fairness, and public safety pave the path forward.
There are children in cages along the U.S.-Mexico border right now. And more are showing up every day. Under our laws, we do not turn away unaccompanied kids who come here fleeing violence. The Constitution is not expendable. Its principles define us as a nation. We must stay true to them.