The 14th Annual Nackey S. Loeb First Amendment Awards

The 14th Annual Nackey S. Loeb First Amendment Awards will be presented Nov. 17, 2016, at the Palace Theatre in Manchester.

This year's Nackey S. Loeb First Amendment Award is a joint award, being shared by two citizen activists who spoke out for open government.

The recipients are Timberlane Regional School Board member Donna Green of Sandown and the late David Pearl of Hooksett.

David Pearl was an outspoken advocate for the Right to Know Law and open government in his town and in neighboring Pembroke, where his daughter attended school. He also worked tirelessly to shine light on the happenings of local government, being instrumental in updating Hooksett’s online system to stream public meetings and creating an online group in Hooksett for residents to post their own articles about town happenings. David died in June.

Donna Green has been involved in several First Amendment and open government issues, including pushing back against "School Board Rules" that all members had to publicly support board decisions. This year, the New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled in Green’s favor in a case in which she challenged her own school district for refusing to release documents in electronic or digital form, when available. She is a member of Right to Know NH and continues to advocate for more robust Right to Know laws and a mechanism outside of court for their enforcement.

Also being honored is Claire Ebel, who led the American Civil Liberties Union in New Hampshire for three decades. She will receive the Quill & Ink Award in recognition of her life’s work in standing up for the rights of New Hampshire residents.

The event begins with the Free Press and Liberty Receptions at 5:30 pm. The awards program begins at 7 pm.

This year's First Amendment Event will not include a keynote speaker. Instead, along the lines of the classic play “Our Town: A Play in Three Acts,” we will present “Our School: The First Amendment in Five Acts.”

We will highlight the Nackey Loeb School and the Five Freedoms of the First Amendment in the words of notable New Hampshire media and religious leaders and citizen activists. 

Here are the speakers:

Freedom of Religion:- Rev. Jerome Day, former journalist, now pastor of St. Raphael Parish and instructor at St. Anselm College.
 
Free Speech: Jack Heath, talk show host, WGIR, iHeart Radio.
 

Free Press: Joseph McQuaid, president and publisher, NH Union Leader and Sunday News.

 
Freedom of Peaceful Assembly: Arnie Alpert, director American Friends Service Committee and organizer of many non-violent protests and public education events. 
 

Freedom to Petition the Government: AnnMarie Morse, who persuaded the state Legislature and Congress to enact Michelle's Law changing college student insurance coverage after her daughter, Michelle, was told she would lose coverage unless she continued as a full-time student while battling cancer.

The First Amendment Event is the Loeb School's only fundraiser. Proceeds help us continue to provide free classes and low-cost workshops for students of all ages from all over New Hampshire.

Tickets are available through the Palace Theatre Box office at www.palacetheatre.org or 668-5588.

To learn how to join our growing list of generous sponsors, please contact the school at loebschool@loebschool.org or 603 627-0005.


We are grateful to our 2016 First Amendment Sponsors.

Presenting Sponsor: People's United Bank

Liberty Reception Sponsor: EverSource Energy

Free Press Reception Sponsor: Amoskeag Beverages

First Amendment Award: AutoFair

"Our School" Sponsor: U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

Award Video Supporter: 

TD Charitable Foundation

Name Tag Sponsor:  

AT&T

Hospitality Sponsor: The Common Man Family of Restaurants 


Program Sponsor: McLane Middleton

Quill & Ink Sponsors:
Catholic Medical Center
Eastern Bank
Joseph and Signe McQuaid
Silvertech



                                Followers of the School:
BAE Systems
Café Services
Lincoln Financial
Citizens Count NH




Patriot Sponsors: 

Citizens Bank
Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Elliot Health System
Fidelity Investments
Daniel and Carol Hughes
IPG Benefits
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University
Sean and Kirsten Mahoney
NH Healthy Families
Stebbins Commercial Properties
 

Five Freedoms:

Cross Insurance

St. Mary's Bank

Friends of the School:  

AARP
Anagnost Investments
BIA
Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, P.C.
Howe, Riley + Howe
Hon. Stephen Merrill and Morgan Lewis Consulting
NH College and University Council
Union Leader Corp.
Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green

Media Partners 

The New Hampshire Union Leader
WGIR
WMUR-TV



2016 First Amendment Award Pictures

Union Leader: Loeb School honors 2016 First Amendment Award Recipients

Concord Monitor: David Pearl found relentlessly to protect the First Amendment

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Looking Back

2015

A big thank you to all who made our 13th Annual Nackey S. Loeb First Amendment Awards Event such a success. 

Special thanks to Chris Matthews of MSNBC's "Hardball" program, who donated his time as guest speaker.

And congratulations, again, to the 2015 award recipients:

First Amendment Recipient: Former Portsmouth Police Officer John Connors.

Quill & Ink Recipient: Laconia Circuit Court Judge James Carroll.

Thanks to our First Amendment Award sponsors and supporters:

 

Presenting Sponsor: People's United Bank

Liberty Reception Sponsor: EverSource Energy

Free Press Reception Sponsor: Amoskeag Beverages

Legacy Sponsor: Eastern Bank

First Amendment Award: AutoFair

Speaker Sponsor: U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

Award Video Supporter: TD Charitable Foundation

Name Tag Sponsor: Holloway Automotive Group 

Ticket Sponsor: AT&T

Hospitality Sponsor: The Common Man Family of Restaurants

Quill & Ink Sponsor:
Catholic Medical Center
Fallon Health
Kinder Morgan
Charles Schwab
Joseph and Signe McQuaid
Silvertech

First in the Nation Sponsor:
Jeb! 2016
Kasich for America
Live Free or Die Alliance
Marco Rubio for President
Donald J. Trump for President

Followers of the School:
BAE Systems
Lincoln Financial
McLane Middleton

Patriot Sponsor:

Cafe Services

Citizens Bank

Elliot Health System

Fidelity Investments

Daniel and Carol Hughes  

IPG Benefits

Kelly PAC

 Sean and Kirsten Mahoney

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University
St. Mary's Bank

Friends of the School:
 
AARP
Anagnost Investments
BIA
Cross Insurance
Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, P.C.
Howe, Riley + Howe
Hon. Stephen Merrill
Mosse & Mosse Associates
New Hampshire College and University Council
Single Digits
SNHU
Union Leader Corp.

2015 First Amendment Award Pictures

Union Leader - Award Event Article

The Concord Monitor - Award Recipients

Laconia Daily Sun - Judge James Carroll honored

Seacoastonline - John Connors honored


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 2014

Speaker: Donald Trump.

First Amendment Recipient: Journalist James Foley, who gave his life in the Middle East, telling the stories of ordinary people caught up in horrible violence.


See our 2014 First Amendment Award Pictures

Union Leader Award Event James Foley Story

Union Leader Award Event Featured Speaker Donald Trump Story

Concord Monitor Award Event Story


WMUR          NECN              NH1


2013

 
Speaker: George Stephanopoulos of ABC News

First Amendment Recipient: The Telegraph


Our 2013 First Amendment Award Pictures