On February 7, 2014 in Washington, DC, the Coalition for Liberty & Justice convened a forum featuring legal and political experts, religious and community leaders, grassroots organizers and advocates for religious freedom and against discrimination.



Registration: 8:30 -9:00 am

Morning session

Welcome and Introduction by Jon O’Brien, Catholics for Choice

Legal and Constitutional Perspectives on Religious Liberty

  • Moderator: Greg Lipper, Americans United for Separation of Church and State
  • Panelists:
    Heather Weaver, American Civil Liberties Union
    Michael de Dora, Center for Inquiry
    Edwina Rogers, Secular Coalition for America

Religious Cases for Real Religious Liberty

  • Moderator: Janet Gallagher, former director of ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, board member of Catholics for Choice
  • Panelists:
    Rabbi Dennis Ross, Concerned Clergy for Choice
    Rev. Dr. Alethea Smith-Withers, Pavilion of God
    Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Kaeton, Episcopal Women’s Caucus
    Sara Morello, JCL, Catholics for Choice

Afternoon session

Address by Nancy Kaufman, National Council of Jewish Women

LGBT Rights and Religious Liberty

  • Moderator: Sarah Warbelow, Human Rights Campaign
  • Panelists:
    Frank DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry
    Jenny Pizer, Lambda Legal
    Maya Rupert, National Center for Lesbian Rights
    Heather Cronk, GetEQUAL

Women’s Rights and Religious Liberty

  • Moderator: Terry O’Neill, National Organization for Women
  • Panelists:
    Jessica González-Rojas, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
    Lois Backus, Medical Students for Choice
    Sara Hutchinson, Catholics for Choice
    Aram Schvey, Center for Reproductive Rights

Closing Summary: 4:30 pm


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