Free Speech

Free Speech

The First Amendment and the California Constitution protect the freedom of speech and expression. Free speech is a cornerstone of democracy. The ACLU makes sure that everyone has the right to speak freely without fear of censorship.

Michael T. Risher

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ACLU stands up for this sheriff’s free speech. Read More »

Michael T. Risher outside of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Challenging online speech restrictions in Prop 35. Read More »

UC Davis students at press conference

UC Davis students who were pepper-sprayed got a $1 million... Read More »

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Raul Ramirez photo by Rick Rocamora, 1991
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The ACLU of Northern California suffered a double blow with the death of veteran journalist Raul Ramirez Nov. 15. Ramirez, who was the executive news editor at KQED, was also an ACLU-NC client for over a decade.Read more »
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Yesterday, the Education Department's Office of Civil Rights dismissed three complaints that had been filed against the University of California, on the grounds that the complaints were based on constitutionally protected speech. The complaints had...Read more »
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Oakland city officials yesterday announced that the City Council had taken initial steps toward approving a settlement of a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and the National Lawyers Guild against the City of...Read more »
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