Date(s) - 04/16/18
8:00 am - 8:45 am
Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Khadine Bennett, Director of Advocacy and Intergovernmental Affairs, American Civil Liberties Union Illinois
A recent surge of rallies and demonstrations – from the March for Life to March for Our Lives and Black Lives Matter to Blue Lives Matter – have erupted across major US cities. News of this activism has filtered through traditional media networks, social media sites, and helped to mobilize many activists across the world. Yet, despite going viral and gaining global momentum, are these grassroots campaigns leading to concrete policy changes in the United States and beyond? How has social media helped to accelerate and intensify protest movements and given a platform to ordinary citizens to voice their beliefs?
Director of Advocacy and Intergovernmental Affairs, American Civil Liberties Union Illinois
Khadine Bennett is the director of advocacy and intergovernmental affairs of the ACLU of Illinois. Bennett is responsible for advancing a wide range of issues under the ambit of the state and federal constitution, from privacy and technology issues, to policing, criminal and juvenile justice, first amendment, LGBT, and reproductive justice matters. As part of her work in the legislature, she has drafted a number of pieces of legislation that have been successfully moved to the governor and signed into law. Bennett regularly testifies before committees in both the Illinois House and the Illinois Senate. Previously, she worked as an organizer, program director, consultant, and director for various organizations advocating for human rights, juvenile justice, youth development, and reproductive justice. Bennett has served on the boards of the Third Wave Foundation, WILD for Human Rights, and Exhale. She is currently the cochair of the Chicago Abortion Fund, and holds a BA in American Studies and African American Studies from Wesleyan University.