Join us for dinner and cocktails at the Newark Club on March 31 where we will honor four of New Jersey’s brightest lights on civil rights and liberties. The keynote address will be given by Anthony Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU. We will present the Roger N. Baldwin Award to Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, the Bill of Rights Award to Frank Askin, and the Torchbearer award to both 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East and Jennifer Long. Cocktails are at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is at 7:00 p.m.
Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg has been a champion of civil rights and civil liberties over the course of her career in the New Jersey Legislature. From women’s rights and marriage equality to open government and transparency issues, her tenacious leadership and commitment to democracy have made New Jersey a better place for all New Jerseyans.
Frank Askin's accomplishments extend well beyond his work as the longest serving general counsel in the history of the ACLU and as a preeminent civil rights litigator in New Jersey. In 1970, Professor Askin established the Constitutional Rights Clinic as part of Rutgers Law School, and inspired generations of law students to work for social justice.
1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East has mobilized its members for many important civil rights efforts, among them calling for police accountability; marching for racial justice; and fighting for immigrants’ rights.
Jennifer Long, an activist, military veteran, and former ACLU-NJ client, has been on the frontlines fighting for transgender veterans. Taking on the Department of Defense, she was one of the first Army veterans to succeed in amending her discharge papers to match her other identity documents.
Anthony Romero's leadership has grown the ACLU into a nationwide organization of more than a million strong. Whether it’s winning marriage equality, ending mass incarceration, protecting privacy, or preserving the right to an abortion, the ACLU safeguards the individual rights of everyone in their pursuit of happiness.