Mission: The aclu of kentucky works in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people by the constitution of the united states and the commonwealth of kentucky.
Programs: Educational programs on first amendment law, reproductive health care, voting rights, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, immigrants rights, privacy rights and law enforcement. Aclu of kentucky program efforts serve to inform our membership and lay participants on pressing civil liberties issues and to educate them on their constitutional rights. Accomplishments are not quantifiable in terms of clients served, etc. We measure success by creating an informed environment so that civil liberties violations are few. The activity's objective is to educate and inform kentuckians on their individual rights as defined by the u. S. And kentucky constitutions. Statistical information; descriptions of activities- coordinated journey of hope, a 7-college tour with individuals directly affected by the death penalty, with attendance reaching over 650 folks. - coordinated speaking engagements with local advocates featured as speakers at 5 colleges- engaged in outreach efforts at events like rally for recovery, singing for democracy louisville and lexington, at regional meetings and in classrooms and local coffee shops- coordinated voting rights canvassing (neighborhood stomp) pulling together multiple organizations and over 40 volunteers to collect over 250 signatures supporting voting rights, registered folks to vote as well- canvassed basketball tournaments in georgetown, got folks to fill out post cards and register to vote- coordinated and facilitated coalition meetings-identified and recruited new coalition partners- worked with local youth to coordinate youth rights conference focused on hate crimes hosted by ky state university- supervised central high school (chs) kentucky youth assembly team- supervised kent school masters intern and 2 chs students in addition to other student volunteers- worked with hispanic latino coalition and lmpd to put together session on "know your rights"- assisted in coordination of social justice mayoral forum- established new relationships with kentucky teen pregnancy coalition, kentucky hiv/aids planning and advisory council, the kentucky cabinet of health and family services hiv/aids department and women's health department, the kentucky department of education's hiv/aids personnel, junior and senior policy advisors for governor beshear, the kentucky commission on women, the lexington and louisville chapters of now, the louisville chapter of the national council of jewish women, the center for adolescent pregnancy prevention, and the kentucky foundation for women. 1 strengthened existing relationships with wenches, the clinic escorts, the a-fund, the kentucky health justice network, planned parenthood of kentucky and vox. - provided a variety of educational sessions for the following groups: the clinic escorts, the kentucky health justice network, planned parenthood of kentucky, vox, the kentucky commission on women, the lexington and louisville chapters of now, the louisville chapter of the national council of jewish women, the kentucky social forum, jctc, the central chapter of the aclu of kentucky, and georgetown college. - organized a vigil for slain abortion doctor, dr. Tiller. - participated in strategic planning process with kcadp- met with numerous members and ally organizations re: potential involvement around various issues including:- ky alliance and allies re: conviction integrity units- actors theatre education dept. - various immigrants rights advocates- members re: military recruitment in schools- members re: church-state issues- girl scouts- various college students and groups- ky commission on human rights- social justice sisters- various univ. Of louisville departments- key player in developing successful fairness coalition of groups working on lgbt rights in ky- worked with wku students to obtain domestic partner benefits at wku- worked with author mary gray re: lgbt outreach and research in rural ky- participated on numerous panels throughout the year- planned 2nd fairness summit- worked with national funders and research groups on framing and messaging re: lgbt rights to moveable middle audience; led workshops on framing and messaging
litigation of cases involving first amendment, privacy, reproductive freedom and other constitutional rights. The aclu of kentucky litigates a limited number of cases that will have a far-reaching impact on civil liberties and constitutional issues. Reviewed and responded to approximately 550 intake letters and emails. Continued work on 21 cases, closed 11 cases and opened 11 cases.