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Can YOU name the Five Freedoms? Many Americans Cannot

June 13, 2019 - 2:32pm -- publicity

The First Amendment and the Free Press
Wednesday, June 26 6:30PM - 8:00PM
Olneyville Library

Can YOU name the Five Freedoms protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution? According to a recent survey conducted by the Annenberg Public Policy Center, more than a third of Americans cannot name a single one.

PCL invites you to attend the second of two presentations in June by the New England First Amendment Coalition (NEFAC). Olneyville's presentation will feature the following excellent panel of prominent local journalists and experts in the field of civil liberties and public access to information:

G. WAYNE MILLER (moderator) Miller is a staff writer at The Providence Journal and a Visiting Fellow at Salve Regina University's Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, where he is co-founder and director of the Story in the Public Square program.
LINDA BORG Borg has been a reporter at The Providence Journal for 35 years, the last 15 covering public education and, more recently, Rhode Island colleges. Her favorites hobbies are swimming, keeping her dog out of trouble, and riding horses out West.
STEVEN BROWN Brown is executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island and has served in the role for more than 30 years. He also served as executive director of the Iowa Civil Liberties Union and worked at the Philadelphia ACLU.
STEPH MACHADO Machado joined WPRI in June 2015 as a reporter. She covers politics and general assignment news, holding government officials accountable at the Rhode Island State House and tracking crime and punishment in Southern New England.

NEFAC was formed in 2006 to advance and protect the Five Freedoms of the First Amendment, including the principle of the public's right to know. NEFAC offers discussions on journalism and the First Amendment as part of its Featured Speaker Program, launched in January 2018 to help increase First Amendment education in high schools, college classrooms and community centers.


Bring your questions! To register, call (401) 421-4084 x4301 or email