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JULY 12, 2002
3:20 PM
CONTACT:  Alliance for Justice
Julie Bernstein 202-822-6070 (work) or 240-601-5562 (cell)
Alliance for Justice Launches First Monday 2002 Campaign: Civil Liberties In a New America
WASHINGTON - July 12 - News Advisory:

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Georgetown Law Professor David Cole join Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron and hundreds of summer interns to kick-off First Monday 2002: Civil Liberties In a New America at the Capitol City Brewing Company on Tuesday, July 16. Since 1994, the Alliance for Justice has organized an annual First Monday campaign to bring attention to critical public policy issues, uniting student activists on college, university, and law school campuses nationwide to fight for social justice.

Our 2002 First Monday campaign will explore Civil Liberties in a New America. Since the terrorist attacks on September 11, the government has taken actions -- in the name of security -- that threaten to erode the Constitutional protections and civil liberties on which our nation's justice system is based. History has shown, however, that scaling back civil liberties has proven more damaging than effective. First Monday 2002 will work with students and activists around the country to organize hundreds of events on Oct. 7 focusing on civil liberties on college campuses, law and graduate schools, and communities. As part of First Monday each year, the Alliance for Justice produces a documentary film that students and activists will use for their events, such as campus-based educational meetings, citywide screenings, community forums, and ongoing organizing efforts by activists and advocates. This year's film will explore the effects of the USA Patriot Act and other government actions on civil liberties.

First Monday coincides with the opening of the Supreme Court's session on the first Monday in October -- this year on Oct. 7. Past campaigns have explored housing and homelessness, the death penalty and gun violence.

-- Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron
-- Rep. Barney Frank
-- Georgetown Law Professor David Cole
-- Hundreds of Summer Interns

First Monday 2002: Civil Liberties In a New America
Launch Party

Capitol City Brewing Company
2 Massachusetts Ave., N.E.

Tuesday, July 16
6-8 p.m.


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