The appeals court dismissed a civil rights lawsuit by a Laredo gadfly who was arrested for asking questions.
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A new lawsuit is challenging a Utah law that requires age verification to use social media and forces minors to get their parents permission first.
DEI statements are political litmus tests.
FIRE and the ACLU of Vermont are now representing the man in a free speech lawsuit.
Brooklyn College Forced a Student To Take Down Anti-Israel Signs While Leaving Other Posters Untouched
A graduate student was forced to take down two pro-Palestinian signs from the door of her art studio, but others were allowed to keep up their own political messages.
Respecting free speech defends individual rights and lets people show us who they are.
"Being a true free speech champion does require that you defend speech that even you disagree with," says libertarian Rikki Schlott.
Their proposal raises obvious free speech concerns.
Critics have argued the legal action is a meritless SLAPP suit.
The judge ruled that drag performances are not inherently expressive and that schools could regulate "vulgar and lewd" conduct.
"Science should have no agenda other than a relentless pursuit of the truth.... With DEI, we're expected to search out racism within science curriculum, and it's just not there," says professor Bill Blanken.
The district is still censoring the Gadsden flag patch as well as Second Amendment advocacy, according to FIRE.
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The hospital baselessly claimed the teenager's mother wrote the petition after she was fired without cause.
Adam Martinez was banned from school property after he criticized the district's decision to hire an officer deemed "ineligible for rehire" by the local sheriff's office.
"Americans don't need a permission slip to speak in front of city hall. The First Amendment is their permission slip," said one attorney involved in the case.
If the Florida governor wants better behavior, he should model better behavior.
But Chris Rufo bragged about breaking the law anyway.
A City Banned Pride Month–Themed Library Displays. Then It Threatened Employees Who Criticized the Decision.
After officials in Orem, Utah, banned “heritage month” displays in the public library, it threatened to discipline librarians who criticized the censorship.
"Criticism of the president is core political speech protected by the First Amendment," says the students' attorney.
Morgan Bettinger might sue the University of Virginia for violating her First Amendment rights.
Morgan Bettinger was accused on social media of telling protesters they would make good "speed bumps." It was more than a year before investigations cleared her.
This College President Knows the First Amendment Protects the Drag Show He Canceled. He Just Doesn't Care.
"I will not appear to condone the diminishment of any group at the expense of impertinent gestures toward another group for any reason, even when the law of the land appears to require it," he wrote.
"Professors are not mouthpieces for the government," says FIRE's Joe Cohn. "For decades, the Supreme Court of the United States has defended professors' academic freedom from governmental intrusion."
A new survey from FIRE reveals rampant illiberalism and self-censorship among young faculty.
"Today's decision is a victory for the First Amendment that should be celebrated by everyone who hopes to see the internet continue as a place where even difficult and contentious issues can be debated and discussed freely," said one attorney.
A rogues’ gallery of institutions that anybody with an independent mind should skip.
"My intention is to ensure that all Americans from the wealthiest millionaire to the poorest homeless person can exercise these rights without fear of consequence from our government," said Jeff Gray.
New Jersey Town That Sued a Woman for Public Records Requests Now Wants Lawyer Prosecuted for Same Thing
Irvington made national headlines last year when it filed a lawsuit against an 82-year-old woman for filing too many public records requests. Now it says a lawyer for FIRE should be prosecuted.
A College Fired a Professor for Showing a Painting of Muhammad. Now, It Could Lose Its Accreditation.
"If Hamline won't listen to free speech advocates or faculty across the country, they'll have to listen to their accreditor," said FIRE attorney Alex Morey, who filed the complaint.
On Thursday, a federal court granted a preliminary injunction against the portion of the law applying to higher education, with one judge describing the law as "positively dystopian."
Monique Owens shouted over critical speakers at a September city council meeting, claiming it was her "First Amendment right."
Collin College fired Suzanne Jones in 2021, after she voiced support for union activity and the removal of Confederate monuments.
Priscilla Villarreal found herself in a jail cell for publishing two routine stories. A federal court still can't decide what to do about that.
"While the procedural protections currently in place are grossly inadequate, we may soon be calling these the 'good old days.'"
The policy, released this week, places unconstitutional prohibitions on faculty speech.
Criticizing racial discrimination is protected by the university’s ‘Speech and Expression Policy’