Seeking justice: ACLU exec to speak at ASU
4 p.m., Oct. 7, 2010, Old Main
Alessandra Soler Meetze, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, will present a talk titled “The (ill) State of Civil Liberties in Arizona” at 4 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Carson Ballroom of Old Main on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus. Sponsored by Justice and Social Inquiry in ASU’s School of Social Transformation, the Seeking Justice in Arizona fall lecture series is free and open to the public.
In her role with the ACLU of Arizona, Meetze works on the frontlines – in the courts, legislature, and communities – to defend and preserve individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the constitution and laws of the United States. Among its recent activities, the ACLU of Arizona was part of the civil rights coalition that filed a judicial challenge to Senate Bill 1070, the Arizona immigration law passed earlier this year.
Appointed to her current post in February 2006, Meetze is the first Latina to head Arizona’s ACLU affiliate. She previously served as communications director for the ACLU affiliate in Florida, where she spearheaded statewide public education campaigns. Before joining the ACLU, Meetze worked as a reporter for the Miami Herald, covering local government, business, crime and education.
The Seeking Justice in Arizona lecture series addresses topics of national and international interest but with a local focus. The lecture is followed by a reception for audience members to visit with the speaker.
“Our speakers this fall are presenting lectures that deal with front-page Arizona issues,” said Marjorie Zatz, director of Justice and Social Inquiry. “We are appreciative of the support by Patricia and Frank AtLee for helping make this lecture series possible.”