The brief argues that freedom of speech includes the ability to facilitate the free international exchange of people and ideas.
Because Section 702 has a potentially chilling effect on privacy and free speech, it has to be reauthorized periodically. It is set to expire at the end of the year.
Ventura County Star, Local-CA, 7/17/2017
Given our current political climate we’d be wise not to take the protections afforded by the First Amendment for granted and to protest unconstitutional government action, as The Slants have successfully just done.
The state of Florida did not appeal the ruling against the “Firearms Owners’ Privacy Act,” which prevented doctors from asking patients about their gun ownership.
NCAC is in the process of writing to the elementary school underlining that students have a First Amendment right to receive and possess literature, provided the books in question do not cause disruption to school activities.
NCAC’s letter will underline that a primary goal of the school system “is to exercise the responsibilities of citizenship by promoting democratic values such as free expression, tolerance, and diversity.” This includes diversity of opinion.
The Arizona school district removed Khaled Hosseini’s novel after 5 years on the English curriculum, raising questions about the motivations behind the decision.
The decision to cancel the play was understandable, given the controversy around the photo, but was it the best decision that could have been made?
The book, Jacob’s New Dress, was pulled after Republican lawmakers complained. For several month a group called Values Coalition has charged the district of using “indoctrinating” materials.
Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, and Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian were flagged for “explicit, graphic” content.
Terms such as “inappropriate” are vague and over-inclusive, potentially leading to the exclusion of works of undeniable pedagogical value.
Representative Clay has stood in support of artistic free expression in the face of criticisms that the painting contains an anti-police message.
The letter to U.S Department of Justice praises the policy but pushes back against certain justifications for rule exemptions.
The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program, a landmark document that details the effectiveness agency’s use of torture, will be preserved by the outgoing Obama administration.
A review committee has been convened to discuss the future of the book in the Dubuque Community school curriculum.
“Young readers need challenging books to help them become empathetic, caring, knowledgeable, thoughtful, and mature adults,” Bertin and Davis state. “They’ll tell you that themselves, if you just ask them.”
The kickstarter-funded doc. reminds us all free speech protections are shallow when the subjective view of the few is brought to bear on the many.
Oklahoma LGBT activists are calling into question a local library policy that limits the placement of LGBT-themed books to sections that hold books on sensitive topics such as drug use, incarceration and sexual abuse.
The report assesses the reality of the narrative espoused by the loudest critics of contemporary campus culture: that free speech at the American university is facing an existential crisis.