NEFAC, Providence Community Library to Present Discussion on Hate Speech in America

CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 |

The New England First Amendment Coalition and Providence Community Library, Olneyville Branch, will present an panel discussion on hate speech and the First Amendment.

The online presentation will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 10 and feature local perspectives on offensive speech and constitutional protections. The event is open to the public. Registration is required.

This discussion is supported by NEFAC’s Featured Speaker Program. Launched in 2018, the program brings journalists and First Amendment experts to campuses, classrooms and community centers throughout the region.

To schedule a speaker or coordinate an event, please contact NEFAC Executive Director Justin Silverman at

Hate Speech in America

December 10 | 6:30 p.m. | Online | Free

Register Here


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 chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

MICHAELLE LARRACUENTE | Larracuente, who grew up in Providence, is the dean of Student Culture of Achievement at First Providence Mayoral Academy Elementary. She was a member of Youth In Action, and now serves as chair of its Board of Directors. Larracuente is a graduate of Northeastern University.

ELANA ROSENBERG | After three years as a member of the Community Investment team at United Way of Rhode Island, Rosenberg became the sixth executive director of Youth Pride Inc. in November 2017. The group works to end the homophobic and transphobic environments in which youth can live, work and play.

GREGORY V. SULLIVAN | A member of the NEFAC and Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications Boards of Directors, Sullivan serves as general counsel for the Union Leader Corporation. He teaches First Amendment Media Law at Suffolk University Law School in Boston and the Nackey Loeb School in Manchester, N.H.

This program will be moderated by Justin Silverman, executive director of the New England First Amendment Coalition.

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 Hearst Connecticut Media Group, Paul and Ann Sagan, The Boston Globe, WBUR, Boston University and the Robertson Foundation.