We are happy to announce the keynote speaker for National Library Legislative Day 2017! Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU National Security Project, will be joining us in Washington, D.C. on May 1, 2017. The National Security Project is dedicated to ensuring that U.S. national security policies and practices are consistent with the Constitution, civil liberties, and human rights. According to the ACLU website, Shamsi has:
litigated cases upholding the freedoms of speech and association, and challenging targeted killing, torture, unlawful detention, and post-9/11 discrimination against racial and religious minorities.Her work includes a focus on the intersection of national security and counter-terrorism policies with international human rights and humanitarian law. She previously worked as a staff attorney in the ACLU National Security Project and was the acting director of Human Rights First’s Law & Security Program. She also served as senior advisor to the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions.
If you are interested in library advocacy and are unfamiliar with National Library Legislative Day, you can find out more by visiting our website, or reading previous articles about the event. Online registration will remain open till April and registrations are accepted at the door.
For folks looking for funding, check out the WHCLIST award, which is still accepting submissions until April 2nd. You can also check out DonorsChoose.org, which offers librarians the chance to fund-raise for Professional Development events, collection development projects, and other library needs.
Unable to join us in D.C. in May? Register to participate virtually – in May, we’ll send you a list of talking points, background information, and other resources, so that you can call, email, or Tweet at your Members of Congress about legislative issues that are important to you and your patrons. We’ll also send you a link to our webcast, so you can watch our keynote speaker and the issue briefs live!