Following marches in Charlottesville, Virginia. and Boston, the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida is hosting a discussion Tuesday on protests, free speech and the First Amendment.

The panel discussion, “Protest: Free Speech v. Hate Speech,” was originally scheduled for October but the date was moved as tensions ignited nationwide over race and public policies.

Protests are often held in support of or in opposition to public policies and governmental action with one goal: to be heard, according to the flyer. The discussion will center on: Is all speech protected by the First Amendment? When does free speech become hate speech? Should we respond and what might happen if we do? What are the consequences of hateful rhetoric?

Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell will moderate the discussion. Panelists include Terri Day, professor at Barry University’s School of Law School, Mitchell Bloomer, resource teacher at the Holocaust Center, Rachel Allen, peace and justice coordinator at Valencia College Peace and Justice Institute and Angela King, a former skinhead and deputy director/co-founder of Life After Hate.

The forum will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando, which shares a campus with the Holocaust Center at 851 N. Maitland Ave.

A photo ID is required for entry. Questions can be submitted in writing at the forum.


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The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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