If tomorrow's (predicted) turn to cold, rainy weather isn't bummer enough, you may want to check out ACLU-sponsored talks about the experiences of Guantanamo detainees
If tomorrow's (predicted) turn to cold, rainy weather isn't bummer enough, you may want to check out ACLU-sponsored talks about the experiences of Guantanamo detainees and strategies for gay marriage rights after Prop 8.
Both are part of the group's annual conference, which will be held at the Intiman Playhouse at Seattle Center. In the first, highly-regarded local defense attorney Jeff Robinson--he's defended everyone from state Supreme Court justices to the mayor's son--will deliver a talk called "Moving Beyond Guantanamo" that's described as "[a] firsthand account of the military commission proceedings at Guantánamo Bay and ideas for creating a just system that respects due process for detainees." Here's hoping it has some worthy prescriptions for the dude who stopped calling detainees enemy combatants but hasn't made it clear he'll treat them any differently.
Robinson's not the first local lawyer to have represented Guantanamo detainees--Rick Anderson covered the work of Harry Schneider and Joe McMillan, who represented and secured the release of Osama Bin Laden's former driver. And Rick also noted the role of the Lazy B in keeping Camp X-Ray's cabins full.
Following Robinson's talk, at 3:30 Tara Borelli of Lambda Legal will be talking about strategies for achieving marriage equality in the wake of Prop 8, a California Supreme Court ruling on which is still forthcoming. (So far, so good on Washington's own "incremental" strategy.) Hopefully those future strategies will include taking advantage of extremely popular, extremely high-profile allies when they offer their help.
Intiman Playhouse, 201 Mercer St., 269-1901, open to the public and free (suggested donations: $10, $5 student)