City to Host Discussion Panel on Human Rights and Civil Liberties during Trump

The city of West Hollywood will hold “Human Rights and Civil Liberties: One Year After the Inauguration.” The panel discussion is part of West Hollywood’s Human Rights Speaker Series. It will reflect on the Trump Administration’s first year.
The event will take place on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room at West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

“West Hollywood’s Human Rights Speakers Series brings together a diverse cross-section of panelists to focus on important global, national, and local human rights issues,” said West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman. “It’s vital that we educate one another and work together to combat efforts that serve to erode human rights and civil liberties.”

The Human Rights Speakers Series panel will feature representatives from leading advocacy and research groups who will discuss how the policies and rhetoric of the past year have impacted human right and civil liberties. Panelists include:

  • Salam Al-Marayati, President, Muslim Public Affairs Council;
  • Maria Sjodin, Deputy Executive Director, OutRight Action International (formerly the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission);
  • Sue Dunlap, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles;
  • Adam P. Romero, Director of Legal Scholarship and Federal Policy, Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law;  and
  • Yosimar Reyes, nationally acclaimed poet, educator, and activist.

The panel will be moderated by West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman.

A “Call to Action” dessert reception, catered by La Conversation Café, will follow the discussion.

The event is free to attend; reservations are requested. Validated parking will be available in the adjacent five-story parking structure. To RSVP, please visit

Attendees are encouraged to amplify the discussion by tweeting with the hashtag #wehohrss.

For additional information about the City of West Hollywood’s Human Rights Speakers Series, please visit


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