My internship at the ACLU of Iowa

When I’m passionate about something – it’s all consuming.

Civil rights and equality are two things I’ve always been devoted to championing in my personal life.Combining my personal passion and professional life has been something I’ve been trying to figure out as an (almost) college graduate.

That’s why when I got an email last spring that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Iowa were hiring interns in their communications department – I was so excited. If you aren’t familiar with the ACLU, they are a bad ass national organization that fight for the civil rights and liberties of all Americans. They are the ones who fought for Mary Beth Tinker‘s right to protest the Vietnam War in 1969 ensuring that students have the right to use their first amendment right to freedom of expression in the classroom. Also, you can thank them and all members of the LGBT community that fought for the freedom to marry for all.

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Mary Beth Tinker with her black arm band that symbolized peace during the Vietnam War.

If you go on the front page of the ACLU national’s website you will be met with a picture of President Trump with the text “The Fight is Still On.” They aren’t afraid to fight for what’s right and challenge those in power. It was a perfect fit for me.

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During my time as the sole communications intern I worked on copyediting press releases and sending them out to local stations around Iowa, maintained the ACLU of Iowa’s media log and produced and edited the Iowa affiliates first podcast covering Banned Book Week 2017.

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During my summer internship at the ACLU of Iowa

I learned so much about the work that my fellow Iowans do to ensure our civil rights are protected and if our rights are violated – a force will be right behind those to fight against discrimination. If I could spend the rest of my life fighting for the equal protection under the law for everyone – I’d be one happy nasty woman.

 

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