ACLU Southern California Pasadena/Foothills Chapter Hosts 15th Annual Garden Party

Awards Presented to Civil Rights and Social Justice Pioneers

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Pictured from l-r: Awardees Carl Matthes, Pablo Alvarado, Joe Hopkins, Ruthie Hopkins, Marvin Schachter, Jon Guynn, and Kevin Uhrich. (Rev. George Regas and Rev. Ed Bacon not pictured).  Photo courtesy: Dick and Sharon, LA Progressive.

On Sunday, October 12, 2014, the Pasadena/Foothills Chapter American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) hosted an afternoon Garden Party in honor of their 15 years of service, at Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church in Pasadena.

Steven Rohde, President ACLU Southern California Foundation Board of Directors, informed guests about new and continuing national Civil Rights and discrimination issues being fought by the ACLU in the Appeals Court and the Supreme Court.

Honorees were introduced and awarded as Social Justice Pioneers. They included:

  • Pablo Alvarado, director of the National Day Laborer Organization Network for his works to improve the lives of day laborers and helping establish worker centers to move job seekers into places of safety;
  • Carl Matthes, current president of the Uptown Gay and Lesbian Alliance, for service and organizing the LGBT garden party at The Huntington Library;
  • Marvin Schachter, a 56-year member of ACLU Southern California's Board, serving 17 years on the national ACLU board, including decades of civil activities in the Pasadena UNA, California Democratic Council and the State AARP;
  • Rev. George Regas and Rev. Ed Bacon, rectors of Pasadena's All Saints church which has been an area leader in civil rights revolution and the AIDS crisis, opposition to nuclear arms race, homelessness and the peach movement;
  • Jon Guynn, publisher, Kevin Uhrich, editor, and Andre Coleman, deputy editor of the 30 year old Pasadena Weekly, for taking strong stands on behalf of protecting civil rights and civil liberties; and,
  • Joe and Ruthie Hopkins, publishers of the Pasadena Journal, as the only African American newspaper serving the San Gabriel Valley as a bellwether for 25 years to protect the civil rights of the region's African American communities.

The afternoon ended with introductions of the ACLU Board members, new members, continuing members, honored colleagues and special guests.

Dick Price, of LA Progressive, served as the Master of Ceremonies.

For more information about the ACLU see: www.aclu-sc.org/pasadena.








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