CFAR, the Center for First Amendment Rights, has merged its 15-year-old programs into the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Connecticut.
The merger was announced May 5, 2008 by Ethel S. Sorokin Esq., co-founder of CFAR and now its president emerita, and by Don Noel, chair of the ACLU Foundation, at the annual Milton Sorokin Symposium honoring her late husband.
"CFAR has for a decade and a half been dedicated to increasing the understanding and appreciation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution," Sorokin said. "We publish a newsletter and organize educational events for Connecticut middle and high school and college students as well as for faculty, and events such as tonight's symposium for the general public.
"We pass this baton to younger hands."
"We are pleased and honored," said Noel, "to assume responsibility for the programs Ethel Sorokin and her colleagues have developed. She and Milton and Prof. Hugh MacGill, then dean of the University of Connecticut Law School, pioneered a vital program of public outreach.
"Their efforts," he added, "will mesh seamlessly with our own public education and school outreach programs. We are confident that our 8,000 Connecticut members will chip in to help us shoulder these new tasks. We are committed to continuing the CFAR tradition."
The merger was announced at a First Amendment symposium headlining Anthony Lewis, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist at the New York Times.
Read the Knight Foundation/UConn study of student attitudes toward the First Amendment