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May 23, 2018

Local groups present hate speech and the First Amendment forum

Courtesy Rutland Jewish Center Rabbi Kaya Stern-Kaufman

Courtesy Rutland Jewish Center
Rabbi Kaya Stern-Kaufman

Wednesday, May 23, 6 p.m.—RUTLAND—In late April, hundreds of Confederate Flag/Jewish Star flyers were stuffed between books in the Holocaust section of the Rutland Free Library. In response, the Rutland Jewish Center and the Rutland Area Branch of the NAACP are holding a forum on hate speech and the First Amendment. The forum will be held Wednesday, May 23, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Rutland Jewish Center, 96 Grove St., Rutland.

Facilitated by Tabitha Pohl-Moore, president of the Rutland Area Branch of the NAACP, the forum will feature the following speakers: Rabbi Kaya Stern-Kaufman of the Rutland Jewish Center; Julio Thompson, civil rights unit director for the Vermont Attorney General’s Office; the Rev. John Weatherhogg of Grace Congregational Church; Chief Brian Kilcullen of the Rutland City Police Department; and Solicitor General Ben Battles, the Chief Appellate Attorney of the civil rights unit of the Vermont Attorney General’s Office.

The event will also include musical selections from the Grace Church Choir and Rutland Jewish Center members.

All are welcome to come together in the spirit of unity and solidarity as we address hate speech in our community. For information, email office@rutlandjewishcenter.org.

All are welcome to come together in the spirit of unity and solidarity as we address hate speech in our community. For information, email office@rutlandjewishcenter.org.

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