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January 24, 2019

‘Civil Liberties and the Presidency’ will give candidates a chance to discuss their vision and plans for the advancement of civil rights


CONCORD, N.H. – Today, the ACLU of New Hampshire and the Warren B. Rudman Center at the University of New Hampshire School of Law announced they are joining together to co-host Civil Liberties and the Presidency, a conversation with presidential candidates about civil liberties in America. The series will give 2020 presidential candidates an opportunity to discuss their vision for civil rights and how they would protect and advance them as President of the United States. The first candidate will be Congressman John Delaney on Wednesday, February 13th.

“Recent elections have demonstrated the immense impact that a single election and a president can have on the state of civil liberties in our country,” said Devon Chaffee, Executive Director of the ACLU of New Hampshire. “It is imperative that voters know where their candidates stand on protecting the civil liberties of all Americans. We are thankful to our partner, the Warren B. Rudman Center, for co-hosting this important series with us as the primary season gets well underway in the Granite State.”

“One of the Rudman Center’s core missions is to provide a non-partisan forum for civic engagement. This series will provide a unique opportunity for in-depth conversations about our constitutional commitments with those who would lead us,” said John Greabe, the Rudman Center’s Director. “We are pleased to be partnering with the ACLU to bring this speaker series to the Warren B. Rudman Center at UNH Law in Concord.”

Civil Liberties and the Presidency will consist of a one-hour evening program for each participating candidate, with the events spread out over the course of 2019. Events will be at the UNH School of Law in Concord, NH and will be recorded and open to the press.

The speaker series is an integral part of the ACLU of New Hampshire’s ACLU Voter Campaign, which aims to make civil rights a priority issue for voters and candidates in the 2020 New Hampshire presidential primary. As part of this push, the ACLU is training volunteers on how to talk to candidates about civil liberties, meeting with candidates from across the political spectrum to discuss their stances on various issues, and welcoming presidential candidates to partake in Civil Liberties and the Presidency.

The ACLU of New Hampshire, the University of New Hampshire School of Law, and the Warren B. Rudman Center are non-partisan and do not endorse candidates.