The Arnie Reisman Freedom of Expression Fund was conceived by Paula Lyons, Judy Samelson and Bill Schawbel to carry on Arnie’s passion for words, transformative journalism and activist art. Arnie’s favorite expression was “I never met a phrase I couldn’t turn!” And turn them he did in every creative way possible.  In newspapers, TV shows, documentaries, plays and finally poetry. He supported the ACLU because he saw it actually taking action to inspire and support freedom of expression in the Commonwealth and beyond. Because Arnie was an integral partner in our annual Bill of Rights dinner, the fund in his name aims to promote his legacy. We are committed to supporting the work of protecting and defending democracy and liberty for all – just as Arnie would have wanted. 

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