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.

SFPD photo by Thomas Hawk via Flickr

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

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Aaron Gach
Crowd of hundreds of students protests in UC Berkeley Sproul Plaza
An excerpt from the ACLU legal complaint reads: AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION OF HAWAIʻI, AND AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION OF UTAH,   Plaintiffs,    v.   U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY and U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION,    Defendants. COMPLAINT FOR DECLARATORY AND INJUNCTIVE RELIEF FOR VIOLATION OF THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT
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HOWL Allen Ginsberg Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Four female students stand with raised fists, looking up at the camera
Thousands protest against the Muslim ban in front of San Francisco City Hall in January 2017
2015 lawyer die-in California Supreme Court by Martha Winnacker
White and red text on blue background reads "Prejudice rewritten is still prejudice."
January 2017 - SFO protest by Rachael Herron

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