2019 Free State Forum

October 5, 2019 @ 10:00 am 3:00 pm
Join us on October 5th for the 2019 Free State Forum in Topeka, the ACLU of Kansas’ statewide conference celebrating and advancing freedom. To request accommodations for this event, please email [email protected]
 
Keynote Speaker
  • Nusrat Choudhury, Deputy Director of the ACLU Racial Justice Program and leading attorney challenging debtors’ prisons across the nation
Honorees
  • Shawnee Mission School District students who fought for their First Amendment freedoms this year
  • League of United Latin American Citizens and high school senior Alejandro Rangel-Lopez, who successfully advocated for equitable access to the ballot in Dodge City
FORUM SCHEDULE

9:30 a.m. Registration & Coffee
10:00 a.m. Panel Session 1 Citizen Participation
11:00 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. PANEL 2: YOUR CHOICE: Safe and Welcoming or Smart Justice
12:15 p.m. Cocktail break/networking
1:00 p.m. Lunch and the Liberty Awards

 
Sponsors
Click here to download and print the sponsorship form and mail it with a check to ACLU of Kansas, 6701 W 64th St., Suite 210; Overland Park, KS 66202. 
 
Visionaries:
  • Sandy Brown & Lee Bittenbender
Champions:
  • Sarah & Jon Baum
  • Sandy & Steve Geduldig
  • Stevens and Brands
Defenders:
  • Kansas National Education Association - Retired
  • KSMODA
  • Dr. Lon & Nancy Lewis 
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  • Sloan Law Firm
  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lawrence
  • Wanda Waugh
Advocates:
  • Deborah Hays & Jim Abel
  • Marion Anderson
  • David Beck & Lynnette Joe-Beck
  • James H. Bell
  • Leslie Bissell
  • Micheline & Phil Burger
  • Gretchen Fisher & Barry Chapin
  • Shelley Hickman Clark & James Clark
  • Karen & Stephen Clegg
  • Coffman, DeFries & Nothern, P.A.
  • FHLBank Topeka
  • German May PC
  • Martha Hodgesmith
  • Mark & Margaret Jansen
  • Mark Johnson
  • Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC 
  • Kansas AFL-CIO
  • Bill & Regina Kort
  • George Laughead
  • League of Women Voters of Kansas
  • Burdett & Michel Loomis
  • MainStream Coalition
  • John Poertner 
  • Rose Henry Law, LLC
  • Chuck & Ginger Scalet
  • Dr. Joanna & Dr. David Slusky
  • George & Terry Smith
  • Dianne Shumaker & Robert Southard
  • Paula Fried & Brad Stuewe
  • Former Rep. Annie & Dr. Dennis Tietze
  • Susan R. Elkins & Jack Winerock
  • Nancy M. Wingfield
  • Shari Wright 
Torchbearer:
  • Crystal Swann Blackdeer 
  • Breakthrough Agency
  • Susan Estes & Michael Crosby
  • Jim & Ethel Edwards
  • Mary A. Fisher
  • Maria Hernandez
  • Darnell & Lisa Hunt
  • Deena Jenab
  • Kansas Interfaith Action (KIFA)
  • Stewart & Nancy Nowlin
  • Sam & Mary Knecht
  • Kathe Thompson
  • Gail Vessels