ACLU of Georgia

Press Advisory: ACLU of Georgia to Testify Today on HB 1 and SB 171

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 24, 2022

Media contact:  media@acluga.org

WHO/WHAT

Vasu Abhiraman, ACLU of Georgia Senior Policy Counsel and Deputy Political Director – Testifying on HB 1 (The FORUM Act) at the Senate Judiciary Committee Meeting

 

Nneka Ewulonu, ACLU of Georgia Staff Attorney – Testifying on SB 171 (Anti-Protest Bill) at the House Judiciary Non-Civil Smith Subcommittee Meeting

WHEN/WHERE

SB 171
Georgia State Capitol (206 Washington St SW Atlanta GA 30334)
132 CAP
Link to livestream

1:00 PM

 

HB 1

Paul D. Coverdell Legislative Office Building (18 Capitol Square SW Atlanta, GA 30334)
CLOB 307
Link to Livestream 

2:00 PM

QUOTE

From Nneka Ewulonu, ACLU of Georgia Staff Attorney on SB 171:
“SB 171 creates unnecessary regulations on speech and assembly rights. When the government gives itself the power to deny access to a forum of expression before the expression occurs, this power has a strong presumption of unconstitutionality.”

From Vasu Abhiraman, ACLU of Georgia Senior Policy Counsel and Deputy Political Director on HB 1:
“To claim that you are protecting free speech on college campuses with HB 1 while silencing Georgians in the cradle of the civil rights movement with SB 171 is deeply inconsistent and hypocritical. As an organization that has protected free speech for over 100 years, we reject the legislature’s sloppy attempt to have it both ways. The First Amendment is not a political football.”

 

 

 
 

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