Standing up for Free Speech

March 28, 2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Blake's Tavern

122 Washington St., Providence, Rhode Island 02903

Time and time again, reasonable debate is trampled on by progressives. Open debate is no longer viewed as a mark of a civil society. When faced with facts they cannot ignore, the far left resorts to name-calling and bullying tactics to silence anyone with a different opinion. Rather than engage in open debate with another point of view, they try to close off further discourse.

Here in Rhode Island, we are seeing free speech battles firsthand. This month’s America’s Future Foundation of Rhode Island (AFF-RI) meeting will feature an amazing group of speakers who are fighting to make sure debate can happen.

Matthew Fabisch is an advisory board member of AFF-RI, and he is also a leading attorney at the Stephen Hopkins Center for Civil Rights, a public interest law firm dedicated to protecting Americans’ fundamental rights, including free speech.

Michael Smalankas is a senior at Providence College who is in the middle of a HUGE speech battle on campus that is receiving national attention. When Michael recently spoke out in defense of his Catholic beliefs on campus, he received horrific backlash.

The discussion will be led by Nicki Nielly, president of Speech First, an advocacy and litigation organization which defends students’ free speech rights on campus.

We’re thrilled to be joined by these champions for free speech and open debate. Join us for this big night to meet real people who are standing up to this threat to liberty, and learn what you can do to preserve open debate in your own circles. Plus: network with other freedom-loving young professionals from across the state, who, like you, are passionate about preserving this fundamental principle.

This event will be held at Blake’s Tavern (122 Washington St, Providence, RI 02903) on Wednesday, March 28th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Free drinks for the first 50 people, free food, free chance to win door prizes! You don’t want to miss out.