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ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU NEWS RELEASE * NEWS RELEASE * NEWS RELEASE * NEWS RELEASE ACLU Announces Congressional Awards; Metzenbaum, Conyers Receive High ACLU Honor For IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 21, 1993 WASHINGTON -- The American Civil Liberties Union today awarded its top Washington honor to Senator Howard Metzenbaum and Representative John Conyers for their work in defense of civil and constitutional rights. The awards, presented at a banquet in Washington, are given annually. Past recipients have included Senator Edward Kennedy and Representatives Howard Berman, Ron Dellums, Don Edwards and Bill Green. Senator Metzenbaum, a Democrat from Ohio, serves on the Judiciary, Environment and Public Works, Labor and Human Resources and Intelligence committees. In announcing his selection, Laura Murphy Lee, the Director of the ACLU's Washington Office, said that Senator Metzenbaum is known for his "courage and commitment to the principles and causes he values." Among his many accomplishments, the ACLU said, are his leadership in obtaining the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1992, which significantly strengthened laws banning discrimination in the workplace. The ACLU also said that Senator Metzenbaum has been a "stalwart leader" in blocking legislation that would have violated the First Amendment by Representative John Conyers Jr, a Democrat of Michigan, is chairman of the Government Operations Committee, the senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus and the third-ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee. "Social justice and economic opportunities are focal points of Representative Conyers's accomplishments," Lee said, citing, in particular, his leadership in pressing the Racial Justice Act and the National Voter Registration Act. The ACLU also cited his work in pressing for rights of Haitians and fighting against the death penalty. Longtime ACLU volunteer Louis P. Dolbeare was also recognized for his work at the banquet. --endit-- ============================================================= ACLU Free Reading Room | A publications and information resource of the gopher:// | American Civil Liberties Union National Office | | "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty"


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