Marcy Burstiner selected for free speech and open government advocacy efforts
Local ACLU chapter board member Peter Martin said the group grants the award to individuals working to promote civil liberties locally.
“Marcy was chosen for her support of free speech rights and her efforts to promote open government,” Martin said in an email to HumRights over the weekend.
Burstiner, who most recently published a column in the North Coast Journal exploring the concerted efforts by political leaders and police agencies to quash social and political gatherings in the Humboldt community, said she is honored by the ACLU’s choice.
“The ACLU is a great organization,” she said. “But I wish that advocating for First Amendment rights wouldn’t make someone stand out. We should all be asserting our First Amendment rights.”
Others nominated for the award this year include Janelle Eager, Carole Beaton and the North Coast Journal.
Burstiner is chair of the Humboldt State University Journalism Department and faculty adviser to the student newspaper, The Lumberjack. With a master's degree from Columbia University, she has more than a decade of professional experience in the journalism world, including stints at the The Deal, TheStreet.com and The San Francisco Daily Journal. Burstiner is also a regular contributor to the North Coast Journal. Read her most recent Media Maven column, here.
Visit redwoodaclu.org for more information about the local chapter of the ACLU and the upcoming award ceremony.
The Humboldt Center for Constitutional Rights, or HumRights, is an incorporated 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Arcata, Calif., committed to brining positive social justice to Humboldt County through civil liberties advocacy and education. HumRights works to protect civil liberties by providing legal representation to clients who believe their constitutional rights have been violated. Contact 707-633-9085 or visit www.humrights.org for more information.