Tuesday, September 23, 2008

PRESS RELEASE: Redwood ACLU To Hold Civil Liberties Debate For Eureka City Council Candidates

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


For Immediate Release

Redwood ACLU To Hold Civil Liberties Debate
For Eureka City Council Candidates

The Redwood Chapter, ACLU is returning to its tradition of hosting well-fought and open debates between candidates for local office, as it has in the past for candidates contesting seats on the Arcata City Council and the Northern Humboldt Union High School District.

For the first time, the local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union will include the Eureka City Council contests in a debate on local civil liberties issues as well as on other community concerns. The event will be held on Monday, September 29th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Humboldt Bay Water Building, located at 7th and J St. In Eureka.

A “meet and greet” with the invited candidates (Polly Endert, Linda Atkins, Frank Jager, George Clark) will be held just beforehand at 6:00 p.m., where the candidates and other community groups are invited to table with their literature and other materials of civic interest.

“As an organization that always refrains from supporting or opposing candidates for public office, we are in a unique position to provide common ground for dialogue and discussion,” said Redwood ACLU chair Christina Allbright in a letter to the candidates.

The debate format is to start off with a few questions concerning the issues the Redwood Chapter advocates for in the community, followed by questions solicited via notecard from members of the public in the audience. There will be time for rebuttals between candidates in order to foster a vigorous debate, although we also ensure equal time for all the candidates to speak their peace.

The debate is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so community members with questions are strongly encouraged to arrive early.

For more information, call the new ACLU Hotline at 707-442-4419 or visit redwoodaclu.blogspot.com.

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