Sunday, March 24, 2013

1st Amendment Art Show

1st Amendment Open Mic / Open Song / Open Canvas
Saturday April 20th, 2013
6pm.  Artwell Gallery, Torrington

April 20th, 2013 (Torrington) - The Northwest chapter of the Connecticut American Civil Liberties Union is hosting an event at Artwell in downtown Torrington on Saturday, April 20, 6:00-9:00 – “Open mike, Open song, Open canvas.” This is an open invitation to people to come perform: read, sing, play an instrument, bring a painting or a drawing and share what  you believe comments, in some way, on the First Amendment. We hope to spark thought and comment   about the role and importance of art and the First Amendment*, as well as freedom of expression in community.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Prof. Norman Dorsen speaks to the NWCT Chapter

As part of the Northwest CT Chapter's Fall Lecture Series, Prof Norman Dorsen, Former President of the ACLU, spoke to us on "The Limits of Free Speech: An ACLU View".  The event was held on Sunday Sept. 30th at the North Cornwall Meeting House and was well attended, with over 80 people filling the room.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The ACLU-NWCT is proud to invite all of you to our Fall 2012 Lecture series, headlined with a talk by distinguished Cornwall resident and former ACLU President Norman Dorsen. Please see below for more information: 

The Limits of Free Speech: An ACLU View
WHO:Professor Norman Dorsen, New York University School of Law & former ACLU President
WHEN:Sunday, September 30, 2 p.m. in West Cornwall, CT.
WHERE: RSVP for more information
Please RSVP to Stephen Michna, Chapter President, at 860.309.5731 or to by September 16th and more information will be provided.

Professor Dorsen was the President of the American Civil Liberties Union from 1976 to 1991 and has argued many Supreme Court cases. He helped write the petitioner’s brief in Roe v. Wade and appeared amicus curiae in the Pentagon Papers case, the Gideon case and the Nixon Tapes cases. He is currently Counselor to the President of New York University as well as the Stokes Professor of Law at the NYU School of Law, where he has taught since 1961.

Recent Prison Reform Successes in Connecticut and the Work Still to be Accomplished
WHO: David J. McGuire, Staff Attorney, ACLU-CT
WHEN: Monday, October 15, 6 p.m.
WHERE: The Rooster Tail Inn, 11 Cornwall Road, Warren, CT
No RSVP Necessary

Shielding the Press: Should Reporters Ever Have to Reveal Their Sources?
WHO: Keith R. Johnson, Former Foreign Correspondent for Time and Senior Editor of Fortune
John Miller, Former Writer for NBC Nightly News and the Today Show
WHEN: Monday, November 19, 6 p.m.
WHERE: The Rooster Tail Inn, 11 Cornwall Road, Warren, CT
No RSVP Necessary

Thursday, May 10, 2012

May 21 Chapter Meeting & Film Screening


WHEN: Monday May 21, 5:30pm
WHERE: Torrington High School, College and Career Center.
50 Major Besse Drive, Torrington CT 06790
(Enter in the left set of doors under the overhang, and proceed to the 2nd floor. Look for the signs)

We'll be discussing and planning our Summer/Fall lecture series as well as our ArtShow that is scheduled to take place during the summer.

****Additionally, students from Torrington High School recently produced a film on hate speech and bullying in schools.  They attended the ACLU CT Symposium in Hartford, interviewed some of the participants, and included it in their film.  Come watch the screening with us!  See below for invite.****

Lastly, come bring your ideas at what kind of events you'd like to see the Chapter put on during the Summer/Fall.  All are welcome!  Bring ideas on what you think our ACLU Chapter should do!

**All upcoming Chapter meetings will now be held on the 3rd Monday of each month, so keep your calendar free!

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Sunday, March 11, 2012

April 3rd Talk on Citizens United

Attorney Charlene LaVoie of the Office of the Community Lawyer in Winsted CT, will talk about the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling and its effects on the 2012 elections in America, on Tuesday, April 3rd at 6:30 at the Gunn Memorial Library.

Gunn Memorial Library, Washington, CT USA

Thursday, March 8, 2012

2012 ACLU NW CT Chapter Directors

The 2012 ACLU NW CT Chapter Directors; Jennifer Bucci: Director at Large, Torrington;

Steve Michna: President, Torrington, newly elected; Davyne Verstandig: Co-Vice President, Washington; Keith Johnson: State Director: Sharon; Joseph A. Mustich: Director at Large, Washington; Missing from photo: Vince Merola: Co-VP, Torrington

Monday, February 27, 2012

Please Join Us on 3/6

Please join us on 3/6 at 6:30 at the Gunn Memorial Library in Washington, CT, for a talk by Allie Bohm from the ACLU CT on the nefarious NDAA signed by Obama on 12/31/11.

It goes into effect this week!