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Veronica Fowler, ACLU of Iowa Communications Director
March 22, 2019
Friday, March 22, 2019
Des Moines, Iowa — The American Civil Liberties Union turns 100 in 2020. To mark the historic milestone, the organization is hosting a two-day exhibition in Des Moines on Thursday, April 11 and Friday, April 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Des Moines Social Club.
The event will bring together artists, like-minded organizations, supporters, and ACLU staff to spark a deeper conversation about the challenging, high stakes civil liberties battles of the nation’s past, present, and future.
“For 100 years, the ACLU has proudly stood alongside brave individuals who dare to create a more just and equitable nation—for all of us,” said ACLU of Iowa Executive Director Mark Stringer. “Now as we face an unprecedented assault on civil liberties, we’re excited to welcome new allies to join us as we confront these pressing challenges to our democracy. This will be a moment to reflect, to reenergize, and to dare to create, together, the future that works for all.”
Visitors will have opportunities to participate in immersive experiences, built in and around shipping containers, on mass incarceration, immigration, and voting rights. Through these experiences, they will learn about the stories of people and communities affected by these issues. Attendees will also be able to take direct action on federal and state legislative issues connected to this work.
The Des Moines event is part of an interactive exhibition traveling across the country on a national centennial tour. The event is free and family friendly.
Confirmed entertainment and amenities so far include:
  • Movement 515
  • Son Peruchos Latin Fusion Band
  • Jennifer Leatherby
  • Emmett Phillips
  • Leradee & The Positives
  • Nuestra Danza sin Fronteras (Our Dance Without Borders)
  • Portrait Studio 
  • Raygun 
  • Local food trucks
Special media previews of the event are available by contacting Veronica Fowler.
For the full list of events and to learn more about the ACLU100 Experience, please visit
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