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September 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
A CONVERSATION WITH THE ACLU ABOUT GEORGIA’S SOCIAL POLITICAL LANDSCAPE
Nothing in Georgia politics is currently more divisive than “The Heartbeat Bill” (HB 481), and we all know the impact this bill could have on the Georgia Entertainment Industry if it ever takes effect. You also know that a lawsuit was filed in Federal Court at the end of June, along with a request for an injunction in July, by ACLU Georgia. And now, there is a legal counter challenge by the State of Georgia. Where does it all stand right now? Where is it headed? And, what’s on the horizon for other social issues that could similarly impact Georgians, like voter protections, religious liberty and more? Come to GPP’s September 3rd General Meeting at IATSE Local 479, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Guest speakers from ACLU Georgia will be Executive Director Andrea Young and Legislative Director Christopher Bruce and the discussion will be moderated by one of the Founders of GPP and Past President Ric Reitz.
ANDREA YOUNG – EXEC DIR, GA ACLU
Andrea Young joined the ACLU of Georgia as Executive Director in January 2017. Under her leadership, the organization has grown in influence, impact and membership. The organization is battling injustice and inequity through the courts – fighting for the rights of transgender Georgians to be themselves without discrimination, for the rights of citizens to challenge unconstitutional state laws, and for the rights of parents to raise their children without government interference
In the state capitol, the ACLU of Georgia worked successfully with other civil rights groups to stop anti-LGBT legislation, block attempts to weaken the voting power of minority communities through redistricting, and ensure colleges and universities can continue to protect survivors of sexual assault. To catalyze civil rights activism at the grassroots level, the ACLU of Georgia launched Freedom School trainings for local activists and volunteers
Ms. Young has devoted her career to promoting policies to defend and extend civil and human rights. Prior to joining the ACLU, she taught leadership and social policy at Georgia State University, was the founding Executive Director of the Andrew Young Foundation and created the Making of Modern Atlanta Project that included an archive, documentary film and book.
CHRISTOPHER BRUCE – LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR, GA ACLU
Christopher Bruce, Esq. is the Political Director for the ACLU of Georgia. Bruce has been a leader in the fight for civil rights and liberties across the state and country. He led a campaign against suppressing the Black vote in South Atlanta by preventing the closure of polling locations in majority black districts during the 2016 Mayoral election. In his first year as a lobbyist with the ACLU of Georgia, Chris defeated a bill which added sentencing enhancements purposefully targeting Black Lives Matter protesters. In that same year, he led a coalition to defeat legislation that would have labeled protesters as domestic terrorists. Bruce has also led a coalition of civil rights leaders and organizations that defeated legislation which would have jeopardized early voting hours and eliminated Sunday voting or “Souls to the Polls” programs.
Bruce graduated Cum Laude from Georgia State University and obtained his law degree from the University of Georgia. Bruce has also held positions of influence outside of the ACLU of Georgia including being on the Policy Executive Board of the Atlanta Pre-Arrest Diversion Program, Executive Board for Gate City Bar Association which is one of the oldest black bar associations in the United States, Atlanta Council for Younger Lawyers, and New Leaders Council. Bruce is a member of the LEAD Atlanta 2016 class and a recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Atlanta Award, the highest award that can be bestowed to a young professional in Atlanta. He has been featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio and been a guest lecturer at many universities including Harvard Law School, University of Georgia School of Law, and Emory University.
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