Church State Scholar comes to Kentucky for 2 Events
J. Brent Walker heads the Baptist Joint Committee forReligious Liberty; he is an ordained minister and a member of the Supreme CourtBar. Walker has been widely published and routinely provides commentary onchurch-state issues in the national media, and speaks frequently at churches,conferences, and university and seminary campuses.
Walker has been featured on NPR, NBC and Fox News and has been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe as well as others.
This forum follows efforts by the Kentucky General Assemblyto push through legislation to establish guidelines for teaching Bible literacyin Kentucky’s public high schools. Walker has publicly commented on these typesof measures.
Walker will speak in Louisville on March 28 at 2 p.m. at the ACLU of Kentucky's annual meeting at the PNC/Hilliard Lyons building, 500 W. Jefferson Street. Walker will speak in Lexington at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian-Universalist Church at 3564 Clays Mill Road. Both events are free and open to the public.
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For more information about the RFP Rally Day please contact Derek Selznick at
For the first time in the
21st century Louisville is about to elect someone other than Jerry
Abramson for Mayor. With this opportunity comes the challenge of determining
which candidate will be the most likely to uphold your constitutional
priorities. You have questions and concerns for the future of the Derby City;
here is your chance to voice them!
The ACLU of Kentucky is
joining nine other social justice organizations to present “The People’s
Forum,” a mayoral candidate discussion on Tuesday, February 2, 6-8 p.m. at the
Metro United Way Building. Candidates will answer questions pre-submitted by
each group on issues important to their communities. Audience members will have
the opportunity to submit questions that, depending upon time, will also be
incorporated into the Forum. A reception will follow from 8-9 p.m. in which
candidates can meet and greet with their potential future constituents.
Admission to “The People’s Forum” is free, and granted on a first come, first
served basis. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.
of “The People’s Forum” include: ACLU of Kentucky, Community Farm Alliance,
Fairness Campaign, Hispanic/Latino Coalition, Jefferson County Chapter of
Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and
Political Repression, Kentucky Jobs with Justice, Making Connections Network,
Metropolitan Housing Coalition, and Women In Transition.
Please contact Kate Miller
The Metro United Way
Building is located at 334 East Broadway in downtown Louisville.
On November 25 the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled that the
Commonwealth’s execution protocols were not legal. As a result, the Department of Corrections is rewriting the process by which we execute people and is currently
accepting comments on the proposed process.
The ACLU works to reform the
capital punishment process. In general, our Capital Punishment Project focuses
on improving the fairness of capital trials and appeals, improving the quality
of legal representation, and reducing the number of defendants who face the
Capital punishment is the
ultimate denial of civil liberties, and Kentucky’s proposed protocols only
compound that denial by violating many of the most fundamental constitutional
rights guaranteed to every American.
The Department of Corrections is required to review and
respond to all submitted comments, so please consider writing a letter or
attending the hearing. All written comments must be submitted my mail by
February 1st to Amy V. Barker and if you can testify in person at
the one-day hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. EST January 29 you must submit written
notification of your intent to do so to Ms. Barker by mail or fax by January
Featured speakers will include Sister Helen Prejean; Richard Dieter, Executive Director of the Death Penalty Information Center; Reverend Barry W. Lynn, Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State; and Kentucky native Stephen Bright, President and Senior Counsel for the Southern Center for Human Rights, just to name a few.
The 2010 conference theme is Training for the Long Run; Building Bridges to Wider Audiences, and will focus on ways to expand support for ending capital punishment. Workshops cover a wide range of topics offering basic and advanced skills training, new information on research and policy developments in the field, and inspirational firsthand stories about the harm the death penalty causes individuals and the community.
In addition to the daytime conference activities there are opportunities to join us in the evening for two very special events. The KY Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty will be hosting an event Thursday evening beginning at 7 p.m at the Muhammad Ali Center to recognize Kentucky advocates. For the bargain price of $20, guests will have access to the museum and an after dinner reception of dessert and coffee.
At the NCADP’s Annual Awards Dinner, ACLU of Kentucky Board member Carl Wedekind will be honored alongside fellow abolitionists such as New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and Musician Steve Earle. Scheduled for Saturday, the reception will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for $75 for Kentuckians and only $60 for students and Seniors. For more information on either event please contact Kate Miller at
We are at a tipping point in this country; at the cusp of sweeping changes regarding the end of state-mandated executions. Join us for the National Conference to Abolish the Death Penalty and be a part of history!