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Join the ACLU Foundation of Massachusetts for our annual Bill of Rights Dinner on Friday, September 20, 2024, at 5:30 p.m. at the Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport. 

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We are excited to gather with ACLU supporters and champions from across the Commonwealth to celebrate the ACLU’s work fighting for reproductive freedom, racial justice, voting rights, LGBTQ equality, immigrants' rights, criminal law reform, freedom of expression, and freedom from surveillance.    

For over 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation's guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.  

For questions, please email aclumdinner@aeevents.com

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Speaker   

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Yasmin Cader  

Yasmin Cader is a Deputy Legal Director and the Director of the Trone Center for Justice and Equality at the American Civil Liberties Union. The Trone Center encompasses the ACLU’s work on criminal and racial justice.  

In her 30+-year career as a civil rights lawyer and public defender in Washington, D.C., New York, and Los Angeles, Yasmin has represented juveniles and adults facing misdemeanor and felony charges, including clients charged with capital offenses as well as domestic and international terrorism. She also worked as a staff attorney with the Employment Litigation Section of the Department of Justice and co-founded Cader Adams Trial Lawyers, a women-owned litigation boutique in Los Angeles. Yasmin began her career as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Damon J. Keith of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.  She is a graduate of Howard University and Yale Law School.   

Yasmin currently lives in Los Angeles and, in addition to her role at the ACLU, is a leader in several programs devoted to racial justice work on a national level. 

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Honoree

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Byron Rushing

Byron Rushing served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1983 to 2018. He came to the House with a work background of community organizing and of Afro-American history. 

In the legislature, Byron's priorities were human and civil rights, and the development of democracy; local human, economic and housing development; and housing and health care for all. He was the House Majority Whip. He was a leader of the Commonwealth's anti-apartheid efforts and a sponsor of the Commonwealth's twinning relationship with the Province of the Eastern Cape in South Africa. He was the chief sponsor of the Massachusetts Burma law.  

He successfully sponsored legislation to create the Commission to develop a comprehensive plan to end homelessness in the Commonwealth. He sponsored the law for the over-the-counter sale of sterile needles and the law creating statewide guidelines for hospitals dealing with violence victims. He was a chief sponsor of legislation for substance abuse "treatment on demand,” He co-chaired the state's Health Disparities Council and was chief cosponsor of the law establishing a permanent disparities office in the Department of Public Health. 

Byron was an original sponsor of the gay rights bill and the chief sponsor of the law to end discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in public schools. He was one of the leaders in the constitutional convention to maintain same sex marriage in Massachusetts.  He successfully co-sponsored the transgender civil rights bills.  

He was a spokesman against the restoration of the death penalty in Massachusetts. He lead the ongoing effort for size acceptance and anti-discrimination on the basis of height and weight; for the repeal of archaic laws; and for the revision of the Massachusetts state seal. 

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Entertainment 

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Boston Children's Chorus

Boston Children's Chorus's vibrant, jubilant, and powerful performances have established them as leading young artist in the city of Boston and beyond. Internationally recognized for their vibrant programming, passionate artistry, and ability to connect to audiences, Boston Children's Chorus showcases the talent and passion of the diverse young people of our city. 

Named Boston's "Ambassadors of Harmony" by the Boston Globe, BCC presents over 50 performances per season in a wide range of public and private events. 

In 2013, they were presented with the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, distinguishing BCC as one of the top arts and humanities based programs in the nation; BCC accepted the award from First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.

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Justice Sponsor  

Ann Burks Sagan and Paul Sagan
Boger Family Foundation 
Holly Gunner and Anne Chalmers 
Nicki Nichols Gamble  

Liberty Sponsor  

Don Glazer
Glenn and Faith Parker
Susan Whitehead   

Constitution Sponsor   

Carol Rose and Thomas Harrington
Daniel L. Goldberg
Eastern Bank Foundation
Fiduciary Trust Company 
Fish & Richardson
Foley Hoag   
Kim Marrkand and Kathleen Henry
Mintz  
Proskauer Rose LLP 
Suma Nair and Colin Dean
Stanley N. Griffith and Ann E. Schauffler 
WilmerHale

Freedom Sponsor 

AE Events  
Boston Bar Association
Boston LGBTQ+ Museum of Art, History, and Culture 
Boston Pride 4 the People 
Carrie Chatterson Studio 
Deval and Diane Patrick 
Dick and Mary Neumeier  
Disability Law Center 
Discovering Justice   
GLAD  
Greater Boston PFLAG   
Hirsch Roberts Weinstein   
Immigrants Assistance Center   
Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action
Judith Obermayer
Lolly Delli-Bovi and William Zucker 
MA Commission on LGBTQ Youth 
Mass Equality 
Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association 
Massachusetts Communities Action Network (MCAN) 
Massachusetts Law Reform Institute  
Massachusetts Public Health Association 
Massachusetts Teachers Association 
MCLE | New England
MIRA  
Morgan Lewis  
National Lawyers Guild – Massachusetts Chapter
New England Innocence Project 
Opalite Media
Philippe and Kate Villers 
Planned Parenthood
Reproductive Equity Now (REN)
Sullivan & Worcester 
TransHealth
Todd & Weld 
Trans Political Coalition  
Womens Bar Association 

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2024 Host Committee 

Amy and Joshua Boger  
Nina and David Bowman 
Howard Cooper 
Lolly Delli-Bovi and William Zucker
Ellen Paradise Fisher 
Betty and Paul Francisco 
Nicki Nichols Gamble 
Taurean Green 
Stanley N. Griffith and Ann E. Schauffler    
Holly Gunner and Anne P. Chalmers  
Brett Hale 
Geraldine S. Hines 
Shelley and Johnathan Issacson 
Stephen Kay and Lisbeth Tarlow 
Daniele Lantagne and Jeremy Brown 
Becky and Mark Levin   
Maria Manning  
Suma Nair and Colin Dean
Sarah Patrick  
Daniella and Kevin Prussia  
Carol Rose and Tom Harrington 
Ann Burks Sagan and Paul Sagan 
Sandy Sedacca and Sherwood Ives 
Norma and Ben Shapiro
Thomas Shapiro and Nadine Bonda
Ambassador John Shattuck and Ellen Hume  
Sandra Susan Smith 
Charlotte Streat     
Bob Thomas and Polly Hoppin
Phil and Kate Villers 
Lauren Weitzen 
Douglass Williams    
Aja Burell Wood     
Harmony Wu 

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Arnie Reisman Freedom of Expression Fund

Learn about the Arnie Reisman Freedom of Expression Fund here