Gabriella Beker of the ACLU – June 16, 2018

Gabriella Beker of the Austin ACLU office presented our program on June 16, 2018. She described the mission, the work and the areas of concentration of the ACLU in Texas:

1. Freedom of Speech
2. Racial Equality
3. LGBTQ Rights
4. Immigrant Rights
5. Religious Freedom
6. Reproduction Rights
7. Police Accountability

She noted that Austin spends most of its time on Speech, LGBTQ and Immigrants. She explained how Austin strives to continue to be a Sanctuary City in spite of Texas state government overturning federal rules allowing same.

Questions from the audience mostly centered on desire for information concerning the new Trump Administration policy of separating children from their parents at the Texas border and the tent prisons or warehouses being established and operated for them.