Free Speech

The ACLU protects the five freedoms of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution — freedom of speech, assembly, association, petition and the press — but we’re called on most often to defend speech. We often defend messages we vehemently disagree with. Most recently, we represented a student’s right to wear a T-shirt opposing same-sex marriage, although we worked hard to support marriage equality in Connecticut.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut has released a curriculum to teach high school students about the Constitution using real cases and issues in Connecticut.

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A letter is often taken for granted, but not by prisoners when it is an essential lifeline to the outside world. “Prisoners live and die by that mail,” said author and former inmate Piper Kerman. It is “reassurance that there’s someone on the outside who cares about them.” When the correction system retains or refuses […]

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A bill designed to punish people who post ‘revenge porn’ on the Internet is written so loosely that it could interfere with the freedom of speech and of the press, Sandra Staub, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, told a legislative committee on Monday. She testified against Senate Bill 489, which […]

Responding to objections from the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, the Meriden City Council has changed a proposed rule on comments from members of the public at its meetings. The council discussed prohibiting speakers from “using offensive or abusive language and personally attacking any public officials.” In a letter dated Jan. 31, 2014, ACLU […]

In testimony before the Judiciary Committee on Monday, the ACLU of Connecticut called for oversight on how law enforcement officers use drones for surveillance, as well as how they patrol schools, accept complaints about misconduct and treat people taking photographs and videos of police activity. Staff Attorney David McGuire testified in support of House Bill […]