Anthony Romero on the Role of the ACLU Under This President and the Next
From the Quarantine Tapes Podcast with Paul Holdengraber
Hosted by Paul Holdengräber, The Quarantine Tapes chronicles shifting paradigms in the age of social distancing. Each day, Paul calls a guest for a brief discussion about how they are experiencing the global pandemic.
Today on episode 89 of The Quarantine Tapes, Paul Holdengräber and Anthony Romero, the Executive Director of the ACLU, discuss the work the ACLU has been doing in recent weeks, including their suits challenging federal agents’ treatment of protestors in Portland, Oregon. In their conversation, Anthony reflects on his years with the ACLU, and offers his perspective on what has changed—and what hasn’t—under the Trump administration. Paul and Anthony end the episode by considering their hopes and fears for the future and discussing the role that the ACLU will play in defending civil liberties under this president and the next.
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Anthony D. Romero is the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, the nation’s premier defender of civil liberties. Born in New York City to parents who hailed from Puerto Rico, Romero was the first in his family to graduate from high school. He is a graduate of Stanford University Law School and Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs. He is a member of the New York Bar Association and has sat on numerous nonprofit boards.