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ACLU-SoCal Pasadena/Foothills Chapter 15th Annual Garden Party

The ACLU-Southern California’s Pasadena/Foothills Chapter will honor 10 long-time Pasadena activists whose work has contributed so vitally to protecting the civil liberties and advancing the civil rights of Pasadena residents down through the decades.
ACLU 2014 Garden Party

ACLU-SoCal Pasadena/Foothills Chapter 15th Annual Garden Party Honoring Pasadena Area Social Justice Pioneers

What: ACLU-SoCal Pasadena/Foothills 15th Annual Garden Party
Where: Neighborhood Church, 301 No. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena
When: Sunday, 12 October 2014, 3 to 6 p.m.

Pasadena, California—6 September 2014: The ACLU-Southern California’s Pasadena/Foothills Chapter will honor 10 long-time Pasadena activists whose work has contributed so vitally to protecting the civil liberties and advancing the civil rights of Pasadena residents down through the decades.

  • PABLO ALVARADO is Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, which establishes safe worker centers for job seekers. An immigrant worker from El Salvador and longtime resident of Pasadena, Alvarado was selected by TIME magazine in 2005 as one of the 25 most influential Hispanics in the U.S. The Rockefeller Foundation and the Ford Foundation have also recognized him for his leadership.
  • CARL MATTHES is currently President of the Uptown Gay and Lesbian Alliance (UGLA), a LGBT grassroots, non-profit corporation founded in 1983 and headquartered in NELA. This past summer he served on the Organizing Committee for The Huntington Library’s LGBT garden party, “An Evening Among the Roses,” of which UGLA was a sponsor.
  • MARVIN SCHACHTER, a 56-year member of ACLU Southern California’s Board, chaired the Board and served 17 years on the national ACLU Board. He led the organization into undertaking legislative advocacy and civil rights issues, including the legal fight to desegregate Pasadena public schools. His many civic activities include leadership positions with the Pasadena-Foothills United Nations Association of the USA, California Democratic Council, the Nuclear Freeze movement, the State and County Commissions on Aging, the State AARP, and testifying at numerous City Council meetings.
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  • ALL SAINTS CHURCH CONGREGATION, led by Rector Rev. ED BACON and former Rector Rev. GEORGE REGAS, has given extraordinary leadership and continuing commitment to the consideration of public policy issues, including the civil rights revolution, the anti-Vietnam War movement, the AIDS crisis, opposition to the nuclear arms race, homelessness, and creation of the Interfaith Center United for Justice and Peace.
  • PASADENA/SAN GABRIEL VALLEY JOURNAL is the only locally owned and operated African American newspaper in the San Gabriel Valley, founded in 1989 and published by JOE and RUTHIE HOPKINS. The Journal consistently features issues of concern to the African American community locally, in California, and nationally. It is a publication of record, but also of courageous advocacy for civil rights for African Americans.
  • PASADENA WEEKLY Publisher JON GUYNN, Editors ANDRE COLEMAN and KEVIN UHRICH, have continued the tradition of 30 years as a unique, independent voice in promoting free speech through investigative and advocacy journalism, by providing a public forum for discussion and dissent, shaping the attitudes of readers and influencing policymakers in such issues as fair elections, equal rights and social justice.

Constitutional scholar Stephen Rohde will also review the U.S. Supreme Court’s recently concluded session, commenting on the effect key decisions will have on the civil liberties and civil rights the ACLU fights so hard to protect.

Funds raised at the Garden Party will support the award-winning Pasadena/Foothills Chapter’s work, which has focused especially on monitoring police practices in Pasadena and advocating for greater civilian oversight; working to make sure low-income and indigent community residents can find affordable housing; and supporting the ACLU’s advocacy of comprehensive immigration reform.

Tickets are $35; $10 for students and low-income individuals. Please RSVP by October 7 to 626.782.0657 or mail to at ACLU-SoCal Pasadena Foothills, PO Box 94289, Pasadena, California 91109. Make checks out to ACLU Southern California.

ACLU 2014 Garden Party