Film documenting the effects of the Patriot Act and other post 9/11 government actions that threaten civil liberties is open to the public and freeThe ACLU of Virginia, its Charlottesville chapter, and its UVA Law School student chapter are co-sponsoring a screening of the recently released documentary Unconstitutional: The War on Our Civil Liberties on Saturday, November 20, at 2:00 p.m. in the Caplin Auditorium at the University of Virginia Law School. The event is open to the public, and there is no charge to attend.
Unconstitutional is a groundbreaking new documentary that details the erosion of civil liberties since 9/11. In the rush to pass the USA Patriot Act, intelligence agencies including the FBI, CIA, Homeland Security Department and local law enforcement have been empowered to "protect freedom and democracy" by destroying freedom and democracy. The film boldly depicts the truth about the rapid loss of American civil liberties since 9/11, telling the story of those who been persecuted under the Patriot Act and those who are fighting back.
After the film, there will be a discussion lead by Robert M. O’Neil, Founding Director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Freedom of Expression and a professor at the University of Virginia Law School.
“Audiences have a strong reaction to this powerful documentary,” said ACLU of Virginia executive director Kent Willis America. “For many viewers it is the first real inside look at the flawed process used to rush the Patriot Act through Congress. It is also the first time they get to hear real people tell how their lives have been turned upside down by this law.”
Robert Greenwald is the executive producer of Unconstitutional. It was written, produced and directed by Nonny de la Peña and sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union. More information is available on the ACLU of Virginia website (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Contact: Kent Willis, Executive Director, ACLU of Virginia, 804-644-8022