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The First Amendment: Protecting our freedoms

October 04. 2017 10:10PM

The First Amendment takes a bow this evening at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, when the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications raises the curtain for the 15th annual First Amendment Awards.

Of course, the freedoms of speech, press, religion, assembly, and grievance do not enforce themselves. That takes people willing to fight for the rights given to all by God, and guaranteed to Americans under the Constitution. Right to Know New Hampshire will receive the First Amendment Award. Since 2013, the group has worked to hold state, county, and local governments more open and transparent. New Hampshire’s Right-to-Know Law is broad, but too often ignored by public officials reluctant to share what’s going on with the public.

Attorney Gregory Sullivan will receive the Quill & Ink Award for his defense of First Amendment rights, sometimes on behalf of this newspaper. Sullivan also helps train aspiring journalists on the power of the First Amendment through the Loeb School.

Garrison Keillor is the featured speaker.

Tonight’s ceremony is the main fundraiser for the nonprofit Loeb School, which is dedicated to exercising the freedoms protected by the First Amendment. Tickets at available the Palace Theater box office, (603) 668-5588, or at The First Amendment Awards begin at 7:00 p.m.

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