On February 28th the WACQC was honoured to host a speaker from the American Civil Liberties Union in New York. Nusrat Choudhury, who is a Senior Staff Attorney in the Racial Justice Program (RJP) of the ACLU spoke in the Quad Cities about the challenges and opportunities of advancing civil rights in the US. Mrs. Choudhury began her talk with the insights into the history and the mission of the ACLU – one of the nation's biggest organizations dedicated to civil rights. She outlined several prominent cases in which the ACLU stood up for individual rights and liberties and then went on to discuss the protection of civil rights in the US today. Mrs. Choudhury addressed variety of issues that raise many concerns for rights and equality, including Muslim travel ban, racial profiling, debtors' prisons and transgender ruling. She considered recent policy changes under the current administration and the challenges they mpose on the enforcement of civil rights.
After the presentation people lined up behind the microphone to ask questions and share concerns about the protection of civil rights in different areas. Mrs. Choudhury answered the questions extensively and the discussion was also joined by the representative of the ACLU of Iowa Rita Bettis, who commented on the activities of the local ACLU office. They both complimented the audience for their awareness and active engagement and encouraged to take an active role in standing up for rights and equality.
The WACQC thanks Mrs. Choudhury for a very informative and engaging event and a powerful message about protection of civil rights and civil liberties in the US today.
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