Media Contact

Janna Farley, jfarley@aclu.org

April 22, 2019

WHO:

The ACLU of Wyoming is hosting Liberty & Libations, a community-building event in Laramie.

WHAT:

Liberty & Libations is an opportunity to socialize and network with ACLU supporters, meet the staff of the ACLU and learn how the ACLU’s mission is changing communities across Wyoming.

We’ll also take some time to talk about the conditions at the Wyoming Women’s Center in Lusk.

In a legal complaint filed in November 2018 with the U.S. District Court of Wyoming in Cheyenne, three inmates at the Women’s Center allege that overcrowding and staff turnover at the prison fuel tensions between inmates and have led to a rise in violence. The inmates are asking the federal court to force the state to deal with the overcrowding and the deteriorating facilities they say have created unconstitutional conditions of confinement.

Postcards will be available so Liberty & Libations attendees can write a message of support to the women at the Women’s Center.

“The overcrowding, coupled with the unsanitary conditions, leaking roofs and lack of access to proper reentry services, threatens the safety and health of the inmates at the Women’s Center,” says Sabrina King, director of campaigns for the ACLU of Wyoming. “The women inside the Women’s Center are already serving their time; they shouldn’t be punished with substandard conditions, and we are here to let them know they’re not alone, they are not forgotten, and we are with them in their struggle for their basic rights.”

Liberty & Libations is free and open to the public. Each attendee will receive a complimentary beverage (must be 21 or older for alcoholic beverages, of course). Light snacks will also be provided.

WHEN:

7:30 to 9 p.m., April 29

WHERE:

Solidarity House Cooperative

2250 Welsh Lane, Laramie

DETAILS/REGISTRATION:

https://www.aclu-wy.org/en/events/liberty-libations-laramie

BACKGROUND:

The American Civil Liberties of Wyoming is a non-partisan organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of civil liberties and civil rights. The ACLU believes freedoms of press, speech, assembly, and religion, as well as the rights to due process, equal protection and privacy, are fundamental to a free people. In addition, the ACLU seeks to advance constitutional protections for groups traditionally denied their rights, including people of color, women, and the LGBT communities. The ACLU of Wyoming carries out its work through selective litigation, lobbying at the state and local level, and through public education and awareness of what the Bill of Rights means for people of Wyoming.

For information go to www.aclu-wy.org.

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