Meet the Nominees
Muz Afzal (he/him/his) – Portland:
Jim Arneson (he/him/his) – Bend:
I am particularly interested in bringing my experience as a criminal defense lawyer to the Board. So often civil liberties are a casualty of aggressive criminal prosecutions. Whether the transgression is having your home ransacked by government agents, your vehicle searched because your skin is "too" dark, or your electronic communications stored by the government until it is useful to them, the government's violation symbolizes the arrogance spawned by limitless authority. The ACLU, like aggressive criminal defense, can be an effective deterrent to government overreaching. Despite my age, gender and sexual orientation (old, male, and straight), I am an enthusiastic supporter of our Board’s attempt to diversify and include youth, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals.
Marina Barcelo (she/her/hers) – Portland:
I am thrilled to be considered to serve another term on the ACLU of Oregon Board of Directors. During my first term, I served in the roles of Secretary, Vice President, and Vice President of Equity, bringing a strong commitment to equity, inclusion, and racial justice to the board and the organization as a whole. I look forward to deepening this commitment during my second term!
Mariana Lindsay (she/her/hers) – Portland:
I am honored to be seeking a second term on the ACLU Oregon Board. In my first term, I served as Vice President of Education and Vice President of Nominations. I strive to remain present to the oppression and marginalization baked into Oregon's history, so to better advocate for the dismantling of inequitable systems, policies and legal outcomes. In a time when our civil rights and liberties feel acutely under attack, I think it’s vital to remember what has been created, what we are currently creating, and the equitable future that might be possible when everyone gets to freely and safely thrive.
Carina Miller (she/her/hers) – Warm Springs Indian Reservation:
I feel that right now is a pivotal period in American history, we are facing attacks on civil rights and have federal leadership that is doing damage to the just and safe country we all call home. As a Native American woman, I have experienced societal gas-lighting, oppression and needing organizations such as the ACLU to step in and fight for human rights and liberties. I would like to bring my personal and professional experience to this organization and contribute to the mission of the ACLU.
Catherine S. Travis (she/her/hers) – Portland:
From 1990 through 2019, I will have served a total of five three-year terms as a Board Member, three times as Board President, two times as Treasurer, once as Vice-President of Legislation and once as Oregon’s representative to the National ACLU Board. On and off the Board, I have been a member of or have chaired numerous committees, including budget, development, education and hiring committees. My work over the years also included outreach activities with various communities, as well as meeting with donors and supporters and participating in ACLU's annual lobby day events and uncensored celebrations. In addition to my work with the ACLU, I recently served as a core member of the Harvey Milk Street Project that obtained the approval of Portland's City Council to rename SW Stark Street as SW Harvey Milk Street.
I am energized and motivated by how the ACLU continues to fight on so many fronts against injustice, garnering support, and working with our allies to not only defend our civil liberties and rights, but whenever possible to advance our rights and liberties.
The ACLU of Oregon is a membership organization, and our Board of Directors are elected by our membership. The Board of Directors has fiduciary responsibility for the organization, and helps set policy on important civil rights and civil liberties issues in Oregon. We strive to have a board that is inclusive and represents Oregonians from diverse backgrounds who live everywhere in the state. Each year, about one third of the board roles are open (you can view our current board here).
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