Join the ACLU of Pennsylvania for a celebration of liberty and justice for all, an affirmation of our commitment to civil rights in uncertain times, and – not least of all – an excellent party. We will be honoring civil rights advocate extraordinaire Helen Gym with the Civil Libertarian Award at our second annual “Show the Constitution Some Love: A Night Out with the ACLU of Pennsylvania.”
WHEN: February 15, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA
We are very excited to announce that Parthiv Patel, an ACLU client, DACA recipient and the first undocumented person to be admitted to the bar in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, will be joining us in our program, as well. In January, Parthiv was sworn in as a member of the New Jersey bar with great fanfare by Governor Phil Murphy and Attorney General Gurbir Grewal. This coincided with Governor Murphy’s announcement that New Jersey would be joining in the lawsuit against the Trump administration’s rescinding of DACA protections.
Two Time International Poetry Slam Champion, Black writer, performer, and teaching artist Jamal Parker will perform spoken word. He holds the title of The Philly Pigeon’s 2017 Grand Slam Winner and was listed as one of the Top 10 Must Read Poets of Color by BookRiot. He is a Watering Hole Fellow, a 2014 Arts for Life Award Recipient, and currently works as the Artistic Director of Babel Poetry Collective at Temple.
Social justice contemporary dance company, Dance IQUAIL, will join our program. Dance Iquail was birthed to not only educate and empower talented dancers and the audience alike, but also to bring a positive influence to inner city youth through education and community awareness.
Hear from the ACLU of PA Executive Director, Reggie Shuford, as he speaks to the ACLU of PA’s work in 2018.
Councilwoman Helen Gym will receive an award. Whether fighting to end disparities in Pennsylvania’s public education system, or denouncing the termination of DACA, or championing the building of an Equal Justice Center in Chinatown, Helen’s career has been distinguished by her unwavering commitment to equity and justice for all.
More program details to come.
Enjoy drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres throughout the evening while getting to know ACLU staff, Board members, and other supporters.
We recommend taking public transportation if possible. If you plan to drive, limited spots will be available on a first come, first serve basis for a flat rate of $14 at the Old City Parkominimum located on 2nd Street, between Vine and Race.