Anthony Romero

Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

After a three-year hiatus, The Progressive Forum is back! Join the resistance at this important event!

Monday, November 6, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Congregation Emanuel El, 1500 Sunset Blvd., Houston, TX 77005

Associate Presenter: The ACLU of Texas

Anthony Romero is the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the nation’s premier defender of civil liberties. Warning that President Trump’s proposals would amount to a “one-man constitutional crisis,” Romero and the ACLU have led the resistance, achieving the first legal victory by winning a nationwide stay of Trump’s Muslim ban just over 24 hours after it was issued. Romero has served as executive director for 16 years, and is the first Latino and openly gay person in this position. Time magazine named him among the 25 most influential Hispanics in America. He has led the most successful growth in ACLU history, enabling him to expand the ACLU’s national litigation, lobbying, and public education efforts. Since the Trump election, membership has more than doubled to over one million. Born in New York City, Romero was the first in his family to graduate from high school. He is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs. He is co-author of In Defense of Our America: The Fight for Civil Liberties in the Age of Terror (2007). He will sign books and greet fans at the end of the evening.

Watch a clip from Anthony Romero’s TED talk this past May.

Provide questions for Anthony Romero for the event Q&A.

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Program starts at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Emanuel El, 1500 Sunset Blvd, Houston, TX, 77005, across from Rice University.

Parking is free. Enter the campus off Sunset Blvd. Uniformed officers will direct you to the parking facility at the rear of the campus.

A private patron reception with the speaker begins at 6:15 p.m. with cash bar and dessert type hors d’oeuvres. This is in the Oshman Multi-purpose Room to the right of the main entrance, if you’re entering from the parking garage. The speaker reception is for those with a $150 ticket and for those who have donated $1,000 or more in the past six months.

The speaker leaves the reception at 6:45 p.m. after a half hour. So that everyone in the speaker greeting line has a chance to chat with the speaker, there is no book signing, autographing, or photography with the speaker in the speaker greeting line. In the rest of the reception room, photography and videography are welcome.  

During the lecture program, we will ask the audience to silence their personal digital devices, asking for no photography or videography.   

The speaker will sign books and welcome photographs at the end of the evening in Feld Hall, just off the main entrance foyer. Books will be on sale throughout the evening by Blue Willow Bookshop.

There are three levels of ticket prices. A $150 ticket includes the private speaker reception and reserve seating near the front. $70 tickets are for open seating with no reserve seats. All seats are close to the front since the hall is intimate and has only 14 rows. A limited amount of $40 tickets are for students and seniors 65 and older with open seating. A valid ID is required at the door. If the $40 tickets sell out, then the $70 tickets will apply.

Disability patrons are eligible for any ticket price. Ushers will seat disability patrons in the aisles in the rear nearest restrooms. All rows are close to the speaker podium in the intimate seating environment.  

Box office services are available at the door on event night. Tickets will be available at the door if the event is not sold out. In case of a sellout, there is no waiting list. Prior to event night, there are no tickets sold at the Temple or any other physical location. Tickets are sold only through this website, email newsletter, and by phone at 888-695-0888 seven days a week between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.

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