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The ACLU of WV is pleased to announce the 2012 Bill of Rights Dinner will be held December 1st at the West Virginia Woman's Club of Charleston and will feature speaker Alan Elsner.

Journalist and author Alan Elsner has a long history of activism in human rights issues which was capped by publication of his book, “Gates of Injustice: The Crisis in America’s Prisons.” This book was hailed by the political left and right as a valuable exposé of the country’s prisons with chapters on the treatment of women, racism, prison rape, solitary confinement and the economics of the prison system among others.

In his career as a journalist, he consistently spoke out for human rights.  He was employed by Reuters News Service for 30 years and served as National Correspondent, Chief Political Correspondent and State Department Correspondent. He reported from over 50 countries and was also Bureau Chief in Stockholm, running bureaus in the four Nordic countries, and Jerusalem correspondent.

His books include two novels (The Nazi Hunter and Romance Language) and a memoir of his father’s World War II experiences as a prisoner in Gulag camps in the Soviet Union.

He is currently Executive Director for The Israel Project, an organization that advocates a two-state solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict.  Find out more about Alan Elsner by visiting:

Please check back for Bill of Rights ticket information closer to the event.

We are always looking for community outreach and education opportunities.  If you would like for someone from the ACLU to speak your event, please send an e-mail to with event information.


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