ACLU Announces Free Speech for Equal Justice Awardees at UC Berkeley

Student Groups to Host Speakers for Equal Justice in the 2017-18 School Year

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San Francisco - The ACLU of Northern California (ACLU-NC) is pleased to announce that Free Speech for Equal Justice awardees from UC Berkeley have been selected. Awards amounting to $17,000 will be distributed to eleven student groups to bring a diverse range of speakers to campus to discuss racial justice, immigrant rights, LGBTQ inclusion, environmental justice, and other equal justice issues.

Last September, ACLU-NC announced this one-time grant program to support student groups interested in bringing speakers to campus who would advocate for equal justice for all regardless of race or national origin.

At a time when people are deliberately coming to college campuses to spew racism and violence, we are proud to help students use their First Amendment rights to denounce bigotry and organize in support of equal justice.

—Christine Sun, Associate Director, ACLU of Northern CA

Student groups will host an array of speakers including the award-winning activist and MacArthur Foundation genius fellow, Ai-jen Poo and Dr. Talithia Williams, a mathematician who helps guide students to blend social justice efforts with their academic work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.

For a full list of the speakers and awardees, visit

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