Everyone has basic rights under the U.S. Constitution and civil rights laws. Learn more here about what your rights are, how to exercise them and what to do when your rights are violated during a free workshop in Fort Washakie, Wyo., later this week.
This day-long event, hosted by the Riverton Peace Mission, the ACLU of Wyoming, Equal Justice Wyoming and the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, will help attendees better understand their rights in a variety of areas:
- Voter suppression and your rights at the polls
- Rights when interacting with law enforcement
- Wyoming’s Fair Housing Act and border town rental housing
- Rights of victims of sexual assault
“Know this for sure: Your rights aren’t going anywhere. But we must each remain vigilant in our efforts to protect our rights in this country and arm ourselves with the skills and education to do so,” said Antonio Serrano, ACLU of Wyoming advocacy director. “By knowing your rights, you’ll better prepared to advocate for yourself, your family and your neighbors. Don’t allow anyone to take advantage of your uncertainty and anxiety."
The ACLU also will provide legal observer training to attendees. Legal observers act as visible witnesses at demonstrations, rallies and other free speech events, documenting any incidents of police misconduct or violations of constitutional rights that can be used as evidence if police misconduct or obstructions to constitutionally protected free speech are challenged in court.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Know Your Rights Workshop
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22
WHERE: Frank B. Wise Business Center, 3 Ethete Road, Fort Washakie, Wyo.
COST: Free (lunch is provided)
SPEAKERS: Angie Dorsch from Equal Justice Wyoming, Sara Robinson with the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and Antonio Serrano from the ACLU
TO REGISTER: Go to www.rivertonpeacemission.org/know-your-rights
About the ACLU of Wyoming
The American Civil Liberties Union of Wyoming is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of civil liberties and civil rights. The ACLU of Wyoming is part of a three-state chapter that also includes North Dakota and South Dakota. The team in Wyoming is supported by staff in those states.
The ACLU believes freedoms of press, speech, assembly, and religion, and 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 LGBTQ 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 the people of Wyoming.