2012 Biennial Conference – Agenda

July 27-28, 2012
Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square
75 East State St.
Columbus 43215

Conference Agenda

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Friday, July 27

Cocktails, Conversation, and the Constitution: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Your Voice! Your Power! launches with an exciting evening cocktail reception.

Saturday, July 28

Registration: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Continental breakfast items provided.

Opening Plenary Session

Featuring Nsombi Lambright, director of communications and development of One Voice Mississippi.

Session One: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Due Process, Not Indefinite Detention

In the past decade, we legitimized torture, began holding foreign “enemy combatants” indefinitely, started performing targeted killings of terror suspects in other countries, and just recently we passed the National Defense Authorization Act, permitting the indefinite detention of our citizens, any time, anywhere. There is much that can be done to reverse this erosion of due process rights. Learn what we can do to restore our freedoms.

» Civil Liberties and the National Security State, Frank Kunstel

Going It Alone: Juvenile Waiver of Counsel*
(1.0 CLE/CEU credit)

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that youth navigating the justice system deserve the help of an attorney. This, coupled with emerging research that shows that most juveniles do not fully comprehend the potential results of waiving counsel, has led several states to prohibit juveniles from waiving their right to counsel. Unfortunately, Ohio is not one these states. Learn more about juvenile waiver of counsel in Ohio, and what you can do to effect change.

» ACLU of Ohio Juvenile Justice Report Card, ALCU of Ohio
» ACLU of Ohio Juvenile Rule 3 Fact Sheet, ACLU of Ohio
» Going It Alone, Gabrielle Celeste

Don’t Talk About It, Be About It: How Do We Fight For Equality?

Did you spend the fall occupying your town square? Are you working in your community to decrease discrimination? Do you want to share your ideas with others? Join activists, including Mary Beth Tinker for an interactive discussion of ways we can support LGBT equality and reproductive rights, and reduce racial profiling.

» Protestor Rights Card, ACLU of Ohio

More Prisons, More Problems

While a primary goal of the state is to reduce the number of people incarcerated and returning to prison, private prisons are businesses whose primary goal is to make a profit. Since more prisoners mean more money, privatizing prisons may potentially result in longer sentences for non-violent crimes and a larger prison population. Get the ins and outs of prison privatization in Ohio, and brainstorm with other activists on possible action.

» Prisons for Profit: A Look at Prison Privatization, ACLU of Ohio
» Prisons for Profit: Executive Summary, ACLU of Ohio
» Immigration Prison Population, Cesar Garcia Hernandez

Session Two: 11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

21st Century: Mosque and State

The freedom of religion is a central principle upon which our nation was founded. Unfortunately, this has not kept us from discriminating against nearly every religious group at one point or another. The current manifestation of this discrimination includes refusing permits to build mosques, refusing Muslim students the right to pray at school and the surveillance of mosques and Muslim communities. This workshop will explore the religious discrimination faced by Muslim communities, and how we can work together to protect religious freedom.

It’s Getting Better*
(1.0 CEU credit)

Headlines around the country show that kids are being bullied in school on a regular basis, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Join Becky Collins and her son Zach, who are fighting for better anti-bullying policies in Chillicothe, and other activists who are working to make safe learning environments for children across Ohio.

All Up in Your Business: Employment Matters

Can employers impose weight restrictions? Can they require employees to quit smoking? Can they hold you accountable for your Facebook page? Are these even civil liberties issues? Join us as we explore your right to a private life.

» Report of the Acting General Counsel Concerning Social Media Cases, Office of the General Counsel

Freedom Lost in Fine Print*
(1.0 CLE credit)

Collateral sanctions are civil penalties mandated by state statute that create barriers for those with a criminal record. For example, former offenders are barred from certain housing, employment eligibility, and educational opportunities. Learn more about how problematic collateral sanctions can be, even for non-violent offenders, and work with other activists to identify ways to address collateral sanctions in your community.

» EEOC Action on Criminal Background Checks for Employment, National Employment Law Project
» “Ban the Box” Initiatives, National Employment Law Project
» Ohio SB 337 Overview, Ohio Justice & Policy Center
» Faulty Criminal Background Checks, NYTimes.com

Lunch: 12:20 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Featuring Lisa Graves, executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy.

Session Three: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Four Dead in Ohio

After more than 40 years, the May 4, 1970 Kent State shootings continue to captivate our attention. Many Ohioans know the facts of that fateful day. Few remember the complex civil liberties violations that prompted the ACLU’s involvement in the case and ensuing investigation and litigation. Get the inside story as we look back to these tragic yet historical events.

» KSU Case List, Nikki Schwartz
» In Retrospect, Nikki Schwartz

When Love’s Against the Law*
(1.0 CEU credit)

Families come in all shapes and sizes, so why do state and local governments only recognize unions between a man and a woman? Learn about the large and small battles to get the government to acknowledge families. We’ll discuss marriage equality, issues surrounding LGBT adoption, and the fight for a “family” pass at the local pool.

» Current Status of LGBT Families: Recognition and Rights, Susan Becker

Our Families, Our Choices

Recently Congress, state legislatures, the Catholic Church, and even the Susan G. Komen Foundation have weighed in on a family’s decision about whether and when to have a child. Why can’t these decisions be left to the families themselves? Activists in this workshop will talk about the recent landslide of legislation addressing reproductive health and the work being done to keep families’ options open.

No More Drug War: 100 Years of Failure is Enough*
(1.0 CLE credit)

The aggressive nature of the war on drugs has resulted in arrest for millions of non-violent, low level offenses. A look at arrest rates, incarceration rates, and length of prison sentences also reveals a pattern of discrimination against people of color. Hear the turbulent history of the war on drugs, the newest fronts and casualties, and discuss with other activists and professionals where advances can be made to end this costly, ineffective effort.

» Overcharging, Overspending, Overlooking: Cuyahoga County’s Costly War on Drugs, ACLU of Ohio
» Prisons for Profit: A Look at Prison Privatization, ACLU of Ohio
» Reform Cannot Wait: A Comprehensive Examination of the Cost of Incarceration in Ohio from
, ACLU of Ohio
» Drug Courts Are Not the Answer: Toward a Health-Centered Approach to Drug Use, Drug Policy Alliance

Session Four: 3:10 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Digital Liberty

What do reporters and librarians have in common? They are both on the front lines defending against online censorship. Join past president of the Ohio Library Council, Molly Carver, lawyer and journalist Jonathan Peters, and investigative journalist Brian Bardwell for a conversation about Wikileaks, the Stop Online Piracy Act, government transparency, and the direction of modern media.

» Social Networking: Do you Know Who Your Friends Are?, ACLU of Northern California
» Cloud Computing: Storm Warning for Privacy?, ACLU of Northern California
» Privacy and Free Speech: It’s Good for Business, ACLU of Northern California
» Location-Based Services: Time For a Privacy Check-In, ACLU of Northern California
» Library Bill of Rights, American Library Association
» ALA Code of Ethics, American Library Association
» Principles of the Networked World, American Library Association
» Ohio’s confidentiality law on library records, Ohio Revised Code

Children In Chains*
(1.0 CLE/CEU credit)

The shackling of juveniles in Ohio’s court system is a practice in need of reform. Youth in Ohio’s juvenile courts can be shackled for no reason at all, despite the negative consequences that shackling is shown to produce. Attend this workshop to learn more details about juvenile shackling in Ohio and work alongside other activists to create a plan to change this practice for the better.

» ACLU of Ohio Juvenile Justice Report Card, ACLU of Ohio
» Affidavit of Dr. Marty Beyer, Sheryl Trzaska
» Shackling Children in Juvenile Court: The Growing Debate, Recent Trends and the Way to Protect Everyone’s Interest, Brian D. Gallagher and John C. Lore III
» Florida’s Provisions for Shackling, Florida Statutes
» North Carolina’s Provisions for Shackling, North Carolina General Statutes
» Sample Shackling Motion, Sheryl Trzaska
» Should Kids Go To Court In Chains?, USA Today

The Death Lottery

In the past five years, our state has had three botched executions. The state then implemented experimental procedures, which it failed to follow, prompting a federal district court judge to halt two more executions. Ohio’s disastrous implementation of the death penalty isn’t the only reason it should be banned. Attend this workshop to learn more about the fight to abolish the death penalty.

*This workshop was approved for continuing education credit