RENO, NV – The entire Northern Nevada community is invited to an eye-opening Reno event, the (Un)Civil Liberties Art Show, combining civil liberties with the arts to highlight the necessity of protecting our constitutional rights and liberties, and specifically focusing on fighting the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
The event, sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada and local artist and art teacher Erik Holland, is at 5-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, at Rainshadow Charter High School, 121 Vesta Street. It is free and open to the public.
The NDAA was signed by President Obama on the last day of 2011. This act codified indefinite military detention without charge or trial into law for the first time in American history. “This kind of sweeping detention power is completely at odds with American values, violates the Constitution, and corrodes our Nation’s commitment to the rule of law, which generations have fought to preserve,” said Dane S. Claussen, Executive Director of the ACLU of Nevada.
The 2012 NDAA was challenged in federal court by a group of journalists and activists in January. In September, U.S District Judge Katherine Forrest issued a permanent injunction barring the enforcement of indefinite detention. The Obama Administration appealed that decision. In early October, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the ban on indefinite detention will not go into effect until a decision on the Obama Administration's appeal is rendered. The 2013 NDAA is currently under consideration in the United States Congress—it passed the House in May and will be voted on by the Senate soon.
“This is an ongoing battle and we need to raise awareness in our community about the urgent need to fight against the NDAA,” said Erik Holland. “One way to do that is through art, because it can educate, stimulate, challenge, and entertain.”
“(Un)Civil Liberties Art Show” features multiple local artists who have turned their reactions to the NDAA into art as well as Spoken Word by Pan Pantoja and comedy by Sam O'Brien. Exhibiting artists include Zoe Bray, James Dilworth, Adrianne Goff, Erik Stephanie Hogan, Holland, Jeff Johnson, Ryan Ostler, Craig Smyers, and Chad Sorg among others.
Submissions will be accepted until October 14, 2012. Each artist may submit work from different media. Entries should depict civil rights/human rights struggles worldwide; however, each artist must submit and/or display at least one piece lamenting the NDAA. Please direct all art submission questions or entries to Erik Holland. Artists will receive 70% of the proceeds from sales of art pieces, with remaining proceeds going to Rainshadow Charter High School.