Free Speech Press Release


Lessons Learned: Preparing for the 2016 Republican National Convention

ACLU of Ohio Hosts National Activist and Award-Winning Member of the National Lawyers Guild on Book Tour

CLEVELAND— In less than one year from now, Cleveland will host the 2016 Republican National Convention. A political gathering of this magnitude has the potential to bring with it a variety of civil liberties violations, and the ACLU of Ohio has begun to prepare.

That’s why on Thursday, August 27, the ACLU of Ohio and the Ohio Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild will host Kris Hermes, national activist, to discuss his recent book, “Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000,” at the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, 4506 Chester Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44103.

By examining the events stemming from the Republican National Convention protests in 2000, Hermes will explain the extent of the contemporary policing of political protest. He’ll provide insight into the methods and practical applications of tactics used by protesters in jail and in court. The author will talk about a radical form of legal support where dissidents and legal activists worked hand-in-hand to maximize their collective strength and minimize the harmful effects of the state.

“Lessons Learned” is free and open to the public. To register, RSVP online or call (216) 472-2200. The event will begin at 7 p.m., with a brief reception to follow that will include opportunities to purchase “Crashing the Party” and a meet-and-greet with the author. Kris Hermes also will be available for questions regarding his book, his work as an activist, and his experience with national political conventions.