Stay-at-Home Orders and Freedom of Assembly

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April 29, 2020   •  By IFS Staff   •  , ,

A federal judge in Kentucky recently declared “constitutional rights still exist” and ruled that a mayor’s pandemic-related executive order violated the First Amendment. Whether ...

Coalition Statement Supporting the Right to Protest During the Pandemic

April 16, 2020   •  By IFS Staff   •  , ,

Dissent and protest are protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution. These rights are fundamental to our democracy and cannot be sacrificed even, ...

Mckesson v. Doe

April 9, 2020   •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The First Amendment right to protest is threatened by harassing lawsuits that seek to hold activists accountable for actions at public events they neither ...

Charlottesville’s Violence a Failure of Its Government

March 20, 2020   •  By David Keating   •  , ,

This piece originally appeared in The Wall Street Journal on March 20, 2020.    Former Charlottesville, Va., Mayor Michael Signer’s essay “How Free Speech ...

Foresight is 20/20: Free Speech Developments to Follow This Year

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February 12, 2020   •  By Alex Baiocco   •  , , , , ,

A number of trends that will continue to unfold in 2020 have the potential to significantly impact Americans’ political speech rights. As policymakers, pundits, ...

South Dakota Law Punishes Protesters

June 19, 2019   •  By Mark D'Ostilio   •  , ,

South Dakota has become a hostile environment for those who enjoy exercising their right to free speech. Over the past few months, the right ...

Center for Democracy & Technology Coalition Letter to Department of Homeland Security

May 1, 2019   •  By IFS Staff   •  , ,

We are a coalition of 103 civil liberties, civil rights, corporate responsibility, faith-based, human rights, immigrant rights, journalism, media, privacy, and government transparency organizations, ...

Arkansas Times LP, v. Waldrip, et al.

April 16, 2019   •  By Scott Blackburn   •  , ,

Political boycotts combine associational and expressive activities that are each protected by the First Amendment. And, just as the political boycott is more than ...

Coalition Letter to U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources

April 1, 2019   •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

PDF of coalition letter available here The Honorable Raúl Grijalva The Honorable Rob Bishop Dear Chairman Grijalva and Ranking Member Bishop: We, the undersigned ...

Concerns with and Suggested Fixes to Indiana S.B. 471

March 18, 2019   •  By David Keating   •  , ,

The goal of S.B. 471, to protect manufacturing and vital utilities, is certainly laudable. However, the measure’s vague language would greatly chill free speech ...

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