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STAND up for Freedom! At the ACLU membership conference

June 9th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

I’m here in Washington D.C. reporting live from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) 2008 Membership Conference!

If you’ve never heard of the ACLU, they are a kick-ass national organization here in the United States that protects the civil rights and freedoms of our neighbours south of the border.

It’s 2:42 a.m. and I’m here in the youth hostel where I’m staying with the Minnesota and Wisconsin crowd, listening to a debate on public health systems for food and childcare. It’s hardcore activism, upping the political ante by the minute.

“STAND UP FOR FREEDOM” is the motto, with the focus on mobilizing youth under the age of 25. We will be blogging here on the conference space to give you the hottest news and events served up fresh from the progressive whisims we are cooking up.

Be sure to check the blog out this Tuesday which is LOBBY DAY, where many of us will be meeting face-to-face with state representatives and hitting the ground running for change.

We need more of these kind of partnerships across our borders, especially when the current leader of Canada often tries to copy the right-wing agenda next door to us.

If I get a chance (and that means if I decide to forgo more sleep) I’ll post more stuff and a wrap-up on Shameless.

So for now I’ll leave you with some timeless Bob Marley:

Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights! Get up, stand up: don’t give up the fight!

Tags: activist report, shameless behaviour

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