NEFAC Presents to Canadian Delegation, Expands First Amendment Education Program

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The New England First Amendment Coalition recently presented to a delegation of Canadian public officials interested in learning about U.S. constitutional law and civil liberties.

“It was a great opportunity to share with those outside our borders the value of the First Amendment and why it is so important to this country,” said Gregory V. Sullivan, a member of NEFAC’s Board of Directors who spoke to the visiting group Jan. 15 at the Boston Foundation in Boston.

NEFAC partnered with WorldBoston, a non-profit organization that coordinates educational programming for international delegations. The coalition also presented to an Iraqi delegation in 2011.

The presentation is the most recent speaking engagement for NEFAC which is increasing its educational programming throughout the region.

“There is a diminishing understanding among the general public about constitutional rights and the need for an independent press,” said Justin Silverman, NEFAC’s executive director. “It’s vitally important to educate others — in all countries — about the First Amendment and the protections it provides.”

NEFAC is bringing many of the region’s elite attorneys and journalists to campuses, classrooms and community centers throughout New England with a goal of speaking at 50 locations by the end of 2019. Please support the effort by making a donation today at:

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. We’re a broad-based organization of people who believe in the power of an informed democratic society. Our members include lawyers, journalists, historians, academics and private citizens.

Our coalition is funded through contributions made by those who value the First Amendment and who strive to keep government accountable. Please make a donation here.

Major Supporters of NEFAC include the Barr Foundation, The Providence Journal Charitable Legacy Fund, The Boston Globe, WBUR and Boston University.