Celebrating Free Speech Victory in Troy

The NYCLU recently scored a victory for free speech. In 2009, we sued the City of Troy for shutting down a local art and media center on purported code violations after a cvontroversial art exhibit opened there.

In a settlement approved on Feb. 22, the city agreed to pay our client, Media Alliance, $5,000 and help it apply for a federal grant for the arts, pledging to match any grant up to $50,000.

To celebrate, Media Alliance will be hosting a “settlement” party at The Sanctuary for Independent Media on Saturday, March 3. The gallery, located at 3361 6th Ave. in Troy, will open at 5 p.m. A potluck will follow at 5:30 p.m. Attorney Neal Murray from O’Connell Aronowitz, the local law firm that worked with the NYCLU on the case, and Colin Donnaruma, president of the NYCLU's Capital Region Chapter, will speak.

Please join us for this celebration of free expression.