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.

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 […]

The Meriden City Council has been discussing a new rule that would prohibit members of the public “from using offensive or abusive language and personally attacking any public officials” at council meetings, a prohibition that the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut warned would be “blatantly unconstitutional.” In a letter dated Jan. 31, 2014, ACLU […]

The Waterbury Board of Aldermen rescinded a policy that limited comments from the public at its meetings after the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut warned that the restrictions violated free speech rights. The policy prohibited “ad hominem, personal, malicious, slanderous or libelous remarks” during public speaking periods at board meetings and hearings. The ACLU […]