On Saturday, March 4, over 120 people gathered at the Holter Museum of Art in Helena to celebrate the work of Shahid Haque-Hausrath, the award recipient. The reception was a much-needed break from news of Trump's impending Muslim Ban 2.0. Caitlin Borgmann, Judge Jeffrey Sherlock, and Wilmot Collins shared a few words about Shahid and the importance of his work. Shahid also gave a moving speech that reminded us of what is at stake the next four years. Below are some pictures from the event.
"The ACLU is the only organization that can bring people to change what is taking place...People's rights are more important than anything." -- Gilbert Kalonde, professor at Montana State University and ACLU-MT Board member
"We're so grateful." -- Nancy Owens
"The ACLU, more than anything, is was we need to work on in this political climate." -- MJ Williams
Nancy and MJ were two of the plaintiffs in the ACLU of Montana's domestic partnership protections case.
"The right to control one's body is innate and unalienable." -- Claire Battaglia
Judge Jeffrey Sherlock
Shahid Haque-Hausrath accepting the Rankin Award from Caitlin Borgmann