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Right to Petition: The Freedom to Speak to the Government

January 1, 2018  •  By IFS Staff  •    •  

The First Amendment guarantees that “Congress shall make no law respecting … the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” While the right to petition the government is inextricably linked with the right to free political speech, it is nonetheless a crucial part of the Constitution of its own accord….

Free Speech for Christmas? Hearing on Brevard County School Board’s Censorship Set for December 21

December 16, 2021   •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  , , ,

The Institute for Free Speech represents the Brevard County, Florida Chapter of Moms for Liberty in a challenge to the Brevard County School Board’s ...

Brevard Moms for Liberty v. Brevard Public Schools

November 5, 2021   •  By IFS Staff   •  , , ,

When Brevard Public Schools adopted policies that many parents disagreed with, the Brevard Moms for Liberty did what any group of Americans would do. ...

Marshall v. Amuso

October 1, 2021   •  By IFS Staff   •  , , ,

After being repeatedly censored, badgered, and shouted down by school board officials, a group of parents and community members filed a federal lawsuit against ...

Campbell v. Pennsylvania School Boards Association

April 16, 2021   •  By IFS Staff   •  , ,

The Supreme Court should grant review in this important case to protect petition rights and the speech of individuals from government actors filing frivolous ...

“For the People Act” gives politicians more power, curtails speech

The threats to free speech in the so-called “For the People Act” span hundreds of pages and are too numerous to cover in their ...

Highlights of First Amendment-Related Exchanges Between Judge Barrett and Senate Judiciary Committee Members

The Institute for Free Speech reviewed transcripts of Judge Barrett’s answers to questions from members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee during days two ...

Despite 14 Years on State and Federal Courts of Appeal, Judge Barbara Lagoa Has Ruled on Few First Amendment-Related Cases

September 22, 2020   •  By IFS Staff   •  , , , ,

According to news reports, Judge Barbara Lagoa, currently serving on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, is on the President’s ...

Court Rebuffs Attempt To Make Politically Engaged Missourian Register As A Lobbyist

January 28, 2020   •  By Zac Morgan   •  , ,

This piece originally appeared in The Federalist on January 28, 2020.   Nobody likes lobbyists, except maybe their families. Whether associated with self-interested men ...

Ending your right to petition the government as we know it

November 25, 2019   •  By Luke Wachob   •  , ,

The best way to fight corruption is to protect freedom of speech and the right to vote.

Elizabeth Warren’s Anti-Corruption Proposal Would Silence Dissent

October 3, 2019   •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

The consistent theme throughout plans such as Warren’s is that the federal government should be more muscular and more active in limiting political participation.

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