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.

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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As a voice for freedom and equality, 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 privacy, justice, and democracy. The bills below represent just some of the issues of interest to the ACLU of Connecticut in 2016. Criminal […]

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In a decision released today, the U.S. District Court of Connecticut ruled that the state must allow the Libertarian Party to use out-of-state residents to collect signatures on petitions to appear on an election ballot. Today’s injunction suspends a Connecticut election law that affects political parties that have not garnered enough votes to automatically list […]

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