Each year, the ACLU of Southern California celebrates the anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights by paying tribute to individuals who are making a difference in the struggle to fulfill the historic promise of “liberty and justice for all” and helping to preserve civil liberties and civil rights. Continuing this tradition, the ACLU is proud to announce this year’s honorees.
“The 2017 honorees represent different aspects of the social justice mission of the ACLU of Southern California, and the values that we are working for. This year marks the 225th anniversary of The Bill of Rights, and it’s been a year of many challenges to civil rights and liberties,” says Hector Villagra, Executive Director of the ACLU of Southern California. “The ACLU remains committed to our founding principles to protect those rights guaranteed in the Constitution for all individuals and groups, and we’re thrilled to see that our membership increased fivefold in the last year, which shows that the need for our work is much both appreciated and supported locally and nationally.”
The honorees of the 2017 Bill of Rights Dinner are:
Judd Apatow – will receive the Bill of Rights Award for being an outspoken and tireless advocate on behalf of women in the arts.
Viola Davis – will receive the Bill of Rights Award for her commitment to economic justice.
Jane Fonda – will receive the Ramona Ripston Liberty, Justice & Equality Award for being an outspoken and lifetime advocate on behalf of women and girls, peace issues, veterans, Native Americans, the environment, and health.
Reginald Hudlin – will receive the Bill of Rights Award for his commitment to creating meaningful television and film that challenge societal norms; as well as his dedication to advancing the next generations of African-Americans in the entertainment industry.
Dolores Huerta – will receive the Lifetime Advocate for Justice Award for her commitment to upholding social justice and equality and her devotion to advancing the rights of oppressed peoples.
Gina Rodriguez – will receive the Bill of Rights Award for her outspoken and passionate activism in the entertainment industry; and her commitment to serving as a role model for and champion of women’s rights and immigration rights.
Please find full honoree achievement descriptions below. Honoree bios can be found in attachment.
The evening will feature special appearances by Martin Sheen and Van Jones. Additional names to be announced.
About the ACLU of Southern California
Founded in 1923 as the second office of the ACLU, the Southern California affiliate (ACLUSoCal) defends the fundamental rights outlined in the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. These include the right to freedom of speech and assembly, the right to religious freedom, due process of law, equality before the law and the right to privacy. The ACLU also relies on state constitutional provisions and federal and state laws that further these and similar rights. With offices in Los Angeles, Santa Ana, and San Bernardino, ACLUSoCal and its lawyers and advocates have had a profound influence on the lives of all of the peoples of this country through landmark court decisions and legislation.