Free Speech

Free Speech

Our support of the Bill of Rights and the first amendment right to free speech is unequivocal. This includes challenging activities or actions that seek to curtail, limit or erase the free speech of others. However, we reserve the right to exercise our free speech by critiquing the speech of others, such as hateful speech, that is contrary to our core values, which support liberty and justice for all.

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ACLU responds to excessive force used on protesters. Read more

"I can't breathe" t-shirt

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Michael T. Risher

Your free speech rights at demonstrations and protests. Know Your Rights

UC Davis students at press conference

$1M settlement for pepper-sprayed UC Davis students. Read more

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A federal grand jury issued a subpoena seeking the unpublished portions of a journalist's videotape of a political demonstration. The journalist refused to hand over the material, asserting his First Amendment rights. The ACLU Foundation of Northern... Read more
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This case raises fundamental issues of freedom of expression in the creative arts. Literary artists and organizations supporting literary artists filed an Amicus brief contending that creative works such as a poem or painting cannot, on their face,... Read more
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