On September 21, 2011, Meredith Aby accepted an invitation to speak on the subject of freedom of speech and association in ten years after 9/11. Her speech, which was sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies at Minnesota State University, the Kessel Peace Institute, and the Mankato Area Activist Collective, is more than a powerful defense of free speech the right to dissent. It is the personal account of an ordinary person of extraordinary conviction—an activist, a mother, a partner, a teacher, and a debate coach—for whom standing up for right to oppose one’s government is more than an abstract principle, more than a theory. For Aby and other activists targeted by the FBI, the defense of free speech, free association, and the freedom to dissent are very real.
The speech was transcribed and edited by Bradford Wakefield and James P. Dimock. The original presentation was a Nadine B. Andreas Lecture, co-sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato and the Mankato Area Activist Collective on September 21, 2011.
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"Constitutional Rights in Post-9/11 America,"
Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota Journal: Vol. 39
, Article 2.
Available at: http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/ctamj/vol39/iss1/2