Americans United In ACTION! Staff Members, Chapter Leaders And Activists Spread The Word About Church-State Separation.

Americans United staff members and activists have kept busy lately promoting separation of church and state in a variety of events.

Here's some information about recent happenings:

Rachel Laser, AU president and CEO, traveled to Nashville Oct. 11 for a meeting with faith leaders. The next day, Laser was in Tulsa, where she spoke at Congregation B'nai Emunah on the topic "Religious Liberty in the Era of Trump: Where We Are and Where We're Going."

On Oct. 15, Laser took part in the National Council of Churches' "Christian Unity Gathering" conference in College Park, Md. Laser led a workshop for seminary students on the intersection between efforts to distort religious freedom and racism.

Elise Helgesen Aguilar, AU's federal legislative counsel, was honored for her work opposing vouchers by the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools Sept. 24. The group, which ensures adequate funding for public schools located on federal property, gave Helgesen Aguilar a "Special Recognition Award" for her work to defeat a proposal to convert federal Impact Aid into a voucher plan. Sasha Pudelski, advocacy director for the American Association of School Administrators, and Eileen Huck, government relations deputy director of the National Military Family Association, were also honored.

AU Legislative Director Maggie Garrett addressed the Liberal Ladies and Men of the Lowcountry Oct. 5 in Hilton Head, S.C. Garrett briefed the group on current threats to religious freedom.

Alex J. Luchenitser, AU's associate legal director, participated in a Sept. 18 panel discussion at the Jones Day law firm in Washington, D.C. The panel focused on church-state cases that might reach the Supreme Court. It was moderated by Amy Howe of the popular site "SCOTUSBlog."

Americans United welcomed a new staff member Oct. 10. Tali Israeli will serve as the organization's director of strategic communications. Israeli, a veteran of several Washington, D.C., nonprofits and Capitol Hill...

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