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

ACLU defends "I can't breathe" t-shirts at school... Read more

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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Client in Gill v. DOJ case speaking at press conference
United States flag being burnt in protest, in New Hampshire on the eve of the 2008 election.
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President-elect Donald J. Trump tweeted that anyone who burns a flag should be jailed or even stripped of their U.S. citizenship. The idea that the government could use citizenship as a punishment for political speech is not simply unconstitutional... Read more »
Know Your Rights to Demonstrate
Your Right to Demonstrate
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ACLU "Stand with Standing Rock"
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The ACLU has long been committed to supporting and defending the rights of indigenous people and communities. From North Dakota, to Flint , to Alabama , to California’s Central Valley, the ACLU also recognizes the civil rights issues in struggles... Read more