From the WNC Chapter of the ACLU:
WNC Chapter of the ACLU Announces “Defending Your Civil Liberties” Forum Series
ASHEVILLE, NC (May 1, 2017) – The Western North Carolina Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announces a new forum series, “Defending Your Civil Liberties.” This series of discussions will highlight issues surrounding the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
The kickoff event for the forum series will focus on the 1st Amendment, specific to free speech and free press. The event will take place on Wednesday, May 10, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at The BLOCK Off Biltmore on 39 S. Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801.
A panel of representatives from different expressive media – online news reporting, radio broadcasting, storytelling, and book selling – will speak to the freedoms and responsibilities associated with free speech and free press. The panel discussion will be moderated by Frank Goldsmith, civil rights attorney and WNC Chapter of the ACLU board member. Panelists will include:
- Angie Newsome, Executive Director of Carolina Public Press
- David Joe Miller, Storyteller and Spoken Word Artist
- K.P. Whaley, General Manager of Asheville FM
- Melanie McNair, Assistant Manager and Author Event Coordinator of Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café
Local music artist and ACLU supporter, The Moon and You, will accompany the kickoff event with a musical performance. The “Defending Your Civil Liberties” forum series is free and open to the public.
The WNC Chapter of the ACLU is a chapter of the ACLU of North Carolina, which is a state affiliate of the ACLU. The objectives and purposes of the WNC Chapter of the ACLU is to further the objectives of the ACLU of North Carolina and the national ACLU, and advance the causes of civil liberties in the State of North Carolina, including the rights of free speech, free press assemblage, equality before the law, and other civil liberties, and to take all legitimate action in the furtherance and defense of such purposes.