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.

Trinity College has announced that Professor Johnny Williams did not violate school policies when he posted several provocative comments and shared a controversial hashtag and link on his personal Facebook page. The following reaction is attributable to David McGuire, executive director of the ACLU of Connecticut.

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As a voice for freedom, our legislative priorities include promoting and preserving civil liberties for all. Through state legislative advocacy, we aim to defend and extend key constitutional principles, including equality, justice, liberty, and democracy. The legislature ended its regular session on June 7, 2017. Learn more about which bills passed by reading our end […]

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Michael was filming the police during a public protest. Police confiscated his camera. It kept rolling while they decided how to retaliate. Now, the ACLU of Connecticut is suing.

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Know Your Rights

August 31, 2016

Do you know your rights if you are stopped by the police? What if you are attending a protest, or recording the police? We’ve put together a few easy-to-use resources that might come in handy the next time you need quick access to information about your constitutional rights.

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In a final judgment issued on August 10, the U.S. District Court of Connecticut ruled in favor of the Libertarian Party of Connecticut in a free speech lawsuit. The ACLU-CT represented the Libertarian Party in the case.

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