ACLU: Because Freedom Can’t Defend Itself

ACLU: Because Freedom Can’t Defend Itself
Carolyn Phillips (left) meets Novella Coleman, the new ACLU staff attorney based in Fresno. This was at last month’s meet and greet, which was held at Planned Parenthood. The ACLU now has two organizers and one attorney in Fresno.

By Bill Simon

It’s the time of year again for the Fresno Area Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to celebrate—the beginning of its seventh year as a chapter. On Sept. 9, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., the celebration will begin with a dinner at the Golden Restaurant (1135 N. Fulton St.). Following dinner will be a discussion of what was done in the past year, an update from a member of the Affiliate Organizing Department on Affiliate projects and the election of a new board.

The guest speaker, Novella Coleman, will start at 7:30 p.m. Coleman is an attorney now based in Fresno who was recently assigned by the Affiliate to work specifically in the Central Valley.

Everyone is invited to the dinner and the meeting. Well, make that the first 72 people to RSVP because that’s all the seats available. RSVP for the dinner to or call 559-227-6565; include a phone number with your RSVP. If you come only for the guest speaker, no RSVP is needed.

The Affiliate has been so busy that the Fresno office, which opened with one organizer in 2011, has grown to two organizers and an attorney. Fresno needs that presence. Join the Fresno Area Chapter of the ACLU and help transform the Central Valley into a model of civil liberties for all its residents.

If you would like to serve on the chapter board for the coming year, contact


Bill Simon is a past chair of the Fresno Area Chapter of ACLU-NC and is currently the volunteer coordinator for the Chapter.


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