[Congressional Record Volume 168, Number 56 (Wednesday, March 30, 2022)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E321-E322]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]



                            HON. STEVE COHEN

                              of tennessee

                    in the house of representatives

                       Wednesday, March 30, 2022

  Mr. COHEN. Madam Speaker, I rise today to congratulate Hedy Weinberg, 
who is retiring in June as the executive director of the American Civil 
Liberties Union of Tennessee after 38 years advancing and protecting 
civil rights. Ms. Weinberg, a native of Chicago, has been at the 
forefront of legal battles to protect the rights of LGBT people, prison 
inmates, immigrants and those seeking access to legal abortions. She 
has stood up for voting rights and religious freedom, while challenging 
laws restricting the teaching of evolution. She has worked to end 
racial profiling by law enforcement. Ms. Weinberg's tenure at the ACLU 
has run concurrent with my service in the state Senate and in Congress. 
It has always been gratifying and comforting to know that the ACLU and 
Hedy were there supporting the issues that needed support to protect 
our Constitution and our fundamental rights. Ms. Weinberg has been 
recognized for her advocacy work and is the recipient of the Human 
Relations Award from the National Conference on Community and Justice--
Nashville Chapter; the Tennessee Library Association's Freedom of 
Information Award; and the Human Rights Campaign Equality Award. In 
2012, she was inducted into the Academy for Women of Achievement by the 
YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee and in 2016 received the Bridge 
Builders--LifeTime Achievement Award from the American Muslim Advisory 
Council. Ms. Weinberg was a founding and steering committee member of 
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Us,'' which successfully organized the campaign to defeat an ``English-
Only'' ballot initiative in Nashville, and of Healthy and Free 
Tennessee, a statewide coalition focusing on promoting reproductive and 
sexual health. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Tennessee 
Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, the Steering Committee of the 
American Constitution Society--Nashville Chapter, and the Steering 
Committee of Our Muslim Neighbors. Ms. Weinberg is a graduate of 
Grinnell College and received her master's degree from the School of 
Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. Ms. 
Weinberg has done so much to advance civil liberties in Tennessee and 
her service has been invaluable. I am proud to call her my friend and 
wish her every happiness in retirement.