ACLU holds 'Know Your Rights' programs before NATO

April 25, 2012 7:39:42 PM PDT
With the NATO summit in Chicago next month, the ACLU of Illinois has launched a series of "Know Your Rights" programs.

The first public training session took place Wednesday night at the Chicago Temple in the Loop. The goal is to help potential demonstrators understand what is and isn't allowed under current city ordinances and legal precedents.

"The whole world's going to be looking and this should be an example of how a city can respond and encourage and facilitate free speech, that would be what our goal is," said Karen Sheley, ACLU of Illinois.

Topics covered Wednesday night included what protesters should do if they are arrested. The NATO summit will take place May 20-21 in Chicago.

Mobile website for protesters:

Two upcoming online events:

Know Your Rights Webinar

Thursday, April 26th, 1:00 PM -2:30 PM

RSVP for the event at

Know Your Rights Twitter Chat

Wednesday, May 9th at 1 p.m.

Follow and participate using the hashtag #kyr.

If you do not have a Twitter account, you will be able to follow at