Voting Rights Expert to be Constitution Day Speaker
Do you plan to vote in the upcoming November midterms? Join voting rights expert Mike Brickner, who will be speaking at the University of Findlay on Monday, Sept. 17 in celebration of national Constitution Day.
Brickner’s free, public talk, titled, “Your Vote, Your Voice,” will be offered at 7 p.m. in Winebrenner Theological Seminary, Room 254. He will discuss U.S. Supreme Court cases involving voter purges, partisan gerrymandering, how you can protect your vote, and how to encourage others to cast their ballots.
Mike Brickner serves as the Ohio director of All Voting is Local. During his career, he has worked on a variety of critical civil rights and liberties movements and has become a nationally recognized expert on voting rights, prison privatization and debtor’s prisons. Most recently, he served as the senior policy director of the ACLU of Ohio where he led the organization’s policy, advocacy and legislative work. Under his leadership, the ACLU of Ohio launched successful campaigns to combat the criminalization of poverty, ensure voters had access to evening and weekend early in-person voting opportunities, and enfranchise eligible voters with criminal convictions.
Brickner has co-authored numerous ACLU reports, including “The Outskirts of Hope: How Debtor’s Prisons are Ruining Lives and Costing Communities,” “Adding It Up: The Financial Realities of Ohio’s Pay-to-Stay Policies,” and “Prisons for Profit: A Look at Private Prisons.” He frequently provides commentary to members of the media on civil rights and liberties issues.
Brickner received his master’s degree in psychology from Cleveland State University’s Diversity Management Program.