Or Emet to Host Presentation by ACLU-Minnesota Executive Director

Or Emet will host an online presentation titled “Freedom of Speech and Racial Justice: Friends or Enemies?” by John Gordon, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota. Gordon’s talk will be introduced and moderated by Or Emet member and “Access to Democracy” host Alan Miller.

Even before the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others, the traditional progressive alliance between defenders of the First Amendment and advocates of racial justice was beginning to fray. People began to ask: Does freedom of speech unfairly privilege those with money and power? Does it protect aggressive behavior at the expense of equality and safety? On the other hand, can we ever achieve racial justice without freedom of expression? This tension deserves thoughtful exploration. 

As executive director of the ACLU of Minnesota, Gordon is responsible for achieving the organization’s mission to promote, protect and extend the civil liberties of people in Minnesota. He previously practiced complex civil litigation in Minneapolis with the firm now known as Faegre Drinker. Gordon has also represented students harassed because of their sexual orientation, victims of domestic violence and immigrants seeking asylum. He has served as a mediator and adjunct law professor at the University of Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas, and has been active in a variety of community activities and organizations.

Or Emet ritual leader and rabbinic candidate Eva Cohen will lead a short Humanistic Jewish Sabbath service preceding the program.

This session requires registration. If you are interested in attending, please email Or Emet president Scott Chazdon at [email protected]. For more information about Or Emet, email [email protected] or visit oremet.org


May 7
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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