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16. October 2004 • MarkDilley
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Films and discussion from the Republican National Convention protests and more, featuring video activist DeeDee Halleck and Michael J. Steinberg, Legal Director of the ACLU of Michigan.

Join, Critical Moment, and the National Lawyers Guild for an evening of film screenings and discussion. We’ll be showing footage from the protests surrounding the Republican National Convention in New York, as well as “Erasing Memory,” a segment from Deep Dish TV’s anti-war series “Shocking and Awful.”

Friday, October 22, 7PM
Pendleton Room, Michigan Union
Free event, light refreshments provided

DeeDee Halleck is a media activist and co-founder of Paper Tiger Television and the Deep Dish Satellite Network, the first grass roots community television network.

She is Professor Emerita in the Department of Communication at the University of California at San Diego. Her first film, Children Make Movies(1961), was about a film-making project at the Lillian Wald Settlement in Lower Manhattan. Her film, Mural on Our Street was nominated for Academy Award in 1965. She has led media workshops with elementary school children, reform school youth and migrant farmers.

As professor in the Department of Communications at the University of California, San Diego, Halleck taught courses in Latin American Cinema, the history of telecomunications, telecommunications policy, production of television and the history of community media in the United States.

Her work has been featured in installations at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Austrian Triennial of Photography, the Wexner Center, the Gallery at the SanFrancisco Art Institute, the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, the Bellevue Art Museum and the Berkeley Art Museum. She co-coordinated a twelve part series on the prison industrial complex in the United States entitled, Bars and Stripes. She is a member of the MacBride Roundtable on International Communication, a member of the board of directors of the Instructional Telecommunications Foundation and a Board Member of Our Media, an international organization to promote citizens.

Michael J. Steinberg has served as the Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan since 1997 and is responsible for overseeing all of the litigation taken on by the ACLU throughout the state. Steinberg earned a B.A. with honors from Wesleyan University in 1983 and is a 1989 cum laude graduate of Wayne State University Law School. Upon graduation, he clerked for then Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Marilyn Kelly (now a Michigan Supreme Court Justice). He then established his own private practice in Ann Arbor where he specialized in civil rights litigation and civil and criminal appeals. Among his many cases, Steinberg challenged the Ann Arbor Police Department’s practice of coercing African American men into giving blood for DNA testing during the Ann Arbor serial rapist investigation.

Since joining the staff of the ACLU, Steinberg has worked on many high impact, high profile cases on a wide range of civil liberties issues including: freedom of speech and expression, racial profiling, post 9-11 issues, religious freedom, drug testing of welfare recipients and high school athletes, Internet censorship, reproductive rights, affirmative action, voting rights and prisoner rights. Steinberg is a former high school teacher, a former President of the Ann Arbor Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and a founding board member of Michigan Peace Action
(formerly Michigan SANE/Freeze).