Civil Liberties on Campus

Two high school ACLU chapters have recently been formed at Millburn High School (MHS) and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH).

The Millburn Chapter President, Devika Bakhshi, is coordinating events on campus around gay & lesbian rights issues and privacy rights. In addition, the MHS Chapter plans to do a banned books reading. Despite the Millburn High School principal's initial refusal to allow the formation of an ACLU Chapter, Devika, whose brother is involved with the Yale ACLU Chapter, persevered and received approval from the school board (with a little nudge from the ACLU-NJ).

The Rumson-Fair Haven Chapter is led by Annie Preziosi who has attracted a good group of students to the first meeting. The RFH Chapter hopes to hold some debates and forums on civil liberties issues inside and outside the school community. The students are advised by Michele Brennan, and attorney who teaches law at the school. They are presently planning an event for Bill of Rights Day, December 15.

In addition, the Rutgers Law School-Newark Chapter is back in action this year having participated in a protest against military recruiting on campus based on discriminatory policies against gays and lesbians. The Chapter has planned an exciting agenda of civil liberties related speakers and films throughout the school year. President Joe Blaney hopes to activate more law students to become committed to civil liberties advocacy.

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