Free Speech/Hate Speech: Where Do We Draw the Line?


The Westchester Coalition Against Islamophobia invites you to this important conversation:

Thursday, November 5, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Ethical Culture Society of Westchester
7 Saxon Wood Rd.
White Plains, NY 10605


(Ample, free parking available –
bus #60 stops on  nearby Mamaroneck Ave.)

Recent events raise complex questions about how we define freedom of expression and where we consider imposing limits. The appearance of anti-Muslim ads on public transport in cities across this country and efforts to control speech on college campuses are just some of the issues that provoke roiling debates over the First Amendment and the government obligation to protect vulnerable minorities. Join us as a distinguished panel of lawyers who have devoted their careers to the defense of civil rights provide historical context and a range of perspectives on these contemporary issues. Q&A will follow.

Bina Ahmad is a human rights and animal rights attorney. She serves as national vice-president of the National Lawyers Guild and is a public defender with the Legal Aid Society.

Alan Levine, a civil liberties/civil rights lawyer, was an NYCLU staff lawyer for twelve years. He has handled many First Amendment cases and advocated on behalf of victims of Islamophobia.

Arlene Popkin is a recently retired Legal Aid trial lawyer and a life-long civil libertarian. She serves on the boards of the NYCLU and its Lower Hudson Valley Chapter.

(Participants speak in their personal capacities.Organizations are noted for identification only.)

Co-sponsored by: American Muslim Women’s Association, Community of Living Traditions at Stony Point Center, Concerned Families of Westchester, Ethical Culture Society of Westchester,Interfaith Connection,Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP)-Westchester, New York Civil Liberties Union-Lower Hudson Valley Chapter, WESPAC, Westchester County Human Rights Commission, Westchester Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence.
This event is free and open to the public. Contributions will be gratefully accepted. For more information email [email protected] or phone (914) 263-6667.

Posted in Blogs, Communities & Focus Areas, Director's Blog, Economic and Human Rights, Movement Building, Racial Justice

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