Upcoming and Recent Past Board of Directors meetings for 2020

Meetings are generally scheduled for the second Sunday of each month.  Meetings are currently being held online using Zoom at 5:00 p.m. All chapter members are welcome to attend. Contact the board president (see Contact page) for connection information.

Last Board Meeting: October 11th, 2020

Next Board Meeting: TBD, at 5:00 pm, online using Zoom.

Upcoming Events:

None scheduled at this time

Past Events:

Annual Meeting and Panel/Program on “The Role of the Free Press in a Democracy”, Tuesday November 17th, 2020

Facebook Live video (speaking starts about 7 1/2 minutes into recording)

Online Forum – Rights for All with David Carlson, regional organizer for ACLU-WI; Monday August 24th, 2020

Zoom recording (a little bit cut off at the very beginning)

Facebook Live event (full recording, under Discussion tab, speaking starts about 25 minutes into the recording)

Chippewa Valley Post coverage of the forum

Juneteenth Virtual Celebration, June 19th, 2020 (organized by Uniting Bridges, supported by ACLU-WI CVC)

Chippewa Valley Chapter Annual Meeting

Thursday, November 7, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation
421 South Farwell St., Eau Claire, WI
  • Welcome and introductions
  • Minutes of the 2018 annual meeting
  • Treasurer’s report
  • Election of board members
  • Review/discussion about local activities. Members can bring ideas about areas of concern for the chapter for next year.
  • Review of ACLU-WI activities and challenges with Chris Ott, Executive Director
  • Adjourn to program on reproductive freedom, upstairs
Chapter will supply hors d’oeuvres during the meeting. Members and guests may supply additional food choices if they like.  Please email Lindsey Brandrup at by November 2 if you wish to have child care service at the church.
meeting followed by:

Reproductive Freedom: 

Protecting Women’s Right to Choose

A panel presentation with
  • Chris Ott, ACLU-WI Executive Director, speaking about the state and national legal and legislative frontlines in reproductive freedom.
  • Cheryl Theide, president of the Options Fund, explaining how this fund provides financial assistance to Northwest Wisconsin women seeking safe and legal abortions.
  • Sara E. Thielen, BSN, RN, and representative at National Network of Abortion Funds, explaining issues impacting reproductive health, such as destigmatizing abortion and self-medicated abortion.
Discussion will follow the presentations.
Thursday, November 7, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.*
Unitarian Universalist Congregation
421 South Farwell St., Eau Claire, WI
Public is welcome.  Free.
The CVCLU wants you to attend. If you are interested in onsite child care, please email Lindsey Brandrup at by November 2.
*Chapter meeting and refreshments at 6:00 p.m. in downstairs Social Hall.

Past Events:

Beer and Bill of Rights, social gathering of ACLU members and friends with short presentation on crimeless revocation by Emilio De Torre of ACLU-WI and others; Tuesday, August 6th, 2019, at The Brewing Projekt Distillery Room, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM; see for more information

Martin Luther King Day Rememberance, Monday January 21st, 6:00 – 7:30 PM, St. James the Greater Church, 2502 11th St., Eau Claire.

More information on Facebook

Annual Meeting and Smart Justice Presentation

Date and Time: Wednesday, November 14, 6:00 p.m. (Annual Meeting), 7:00 p.m. (Presentation)
Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 421 S. Farwell St, Eau Claire

* Smart Justice: Ending Mass Incarceration in Wisconsin – Sean Wilson, Criminal Justice Organizer, ACLU – WI (article in Chippewa Valley post – linked here)

Starting Time: 7:00 PM
Event Description: Imprisonment is a brutal and costly response to crime that traumatizes incarcerated people and hurts families and communities. It should be the last option, not the first.

* Chippewa Valley Chapter of the ACLU of WI – Annual Meeting

Starting Time: 6:00 PM, end by 7:00 PM

Description: Welcome and Introductions, Minutes of 2017 Annual Meeting, Treasurer’s Report, Board of Director elections, Questions and Discussion on current ACLU activities

Hors d’ouvres will be provided by the chapter during the meeting.  Members and guest may bring other food choices as they desire.

Contact for more information: Ann,, 715-834-8549
Sponsor: Chippewa Valley Chapter of ACLU of Wisconsin

Our Second Beer and Bill of Rights Gathering was held on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Lazy Monk Brewing’s event room.  We met to socialize with other ACLU members and friends, and learn about current immigration issues from several perspectives!