Free speech/hate speech topic of panel discussion

A panel of noted Detroit civil rights attorneys and social justice activists will discuss the First Amendment, freedom of expression, and hate speech at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 13 at Marygrove College in Denk Chapman Hall.

Sponsored by the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights, the panel discussion will focus on the right to free speech; the right to express ideas that are deeply offensive; and when free speech becomes fighting words not protected by the First Amendment.

The panel includes: Julie Hurwitz, civil rights attorney, vice president of the National Lawyers Guild, and founding partner of Goodman Hurwitz & James; Michael Steinberg, legal director of the ACLU Michigan; and Asha Noor, organizer of the “Take on Hate” campaign, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Dearborn.

Peter Hammer, professor at Wayne State University Law School, will serve as the moderator. Hammer is the director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at WSU Law School.

Admission to the event is free. Marygrove College is located at 8425 West McNichols, Detroit.

Founded in 1980, the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights ( is a nonprofit group dedicated to universal human rights. MCHR’s mission – in solidarity with those who suffer oppression and injustice locally and globally – is to promote awareness of and commitment to human rights through education, community organization, and action.