Our friend John Klockner just let us know about his organization’s collaboration with the King County Library System and the ACLU of WA. John’s participation in the September Project is especially sweet, as John was here at the beginning, as the September Project’s Technology Director, guiding us through code and algorithms we didn’t understand and helping us see how technology could be used to bring libraries from around the globe, together.
John is now the Executive Director at Puget Sound Access, a non-profit that facilitates communication through community events and media. We’re pleased to welcome John, Puget Sound Access, the ACLU of WA, and the King County Library System as participants in this year’s September Project! Here’s their program:
Puget Sound Access and the Washington State ACLU are partnering for a series of events celebrating free speech around Constitution Day at selected King County Libraries.
Our “Freedom to Speak!” presenters include:
* Porter Bayne, Founder, Ameritocracy.com
* Darcy Burner, Candidate, 8th Congressional District
* Dow Constantine, King Council Council Member
* Robert Cumbow, Attorney
* Judy Endejan, Attorney
* Bob Hasegawa, State Representative
* Charles Johnson, Supreme Court Associate Chief Justice
* James Neff, Seattle Times Investigative Editor
* Paul Nelson, Founder, Global Voices Radio
* Sue Parisien, Assistant Attorney General
* Larry Phillips, King Council Council Member
* Bill Ptacek, Director, King County Library System
* Jan Strout, Co-director, Reclaim the Media
* Dave Upthegrove, State Representative
These free public moderated panel discussions and question and answer sessions will be held from 7-9PM at King County Libraries in Auburn (9/17), Burien (9/17), Woodinville (9/17) and Bellevue (9/18).
The events will also be broadcast in full on Puget Sound Access television and be available as streamed media on the Web.
More information — including pre-event videos, links to Free Speech book resources, and an interactive Free Speech news article time line — are available at the Freedom to Speak Website at civildialogues.org.
If you’re in the Seattle area this September, don’t miss out on these events!