You Can’t Protect First Amendment Rights Without Protecting Privacy

August 3, 2020   •  By Alec Greven   •  , , ,

If we want more speech and association in our society (and we should), then we need to focus on bringing down the costs for ...

Coronavirus and Mass Protests Demonstrate Need to Proactively Protect First Amendment Rights

June 30, 2020   •  By Alec Greven   •  , , , ,

It is not enough just to try and protect free speech during an emergency. Rather, it is essential that, in advance of an emergency, ...

There Should Be Qualified Immunity for Protesters

June 17, 2020   •  By Alec Greven   •  , ,

Protest is a mechanism for achieving proper governance. It is vital that we provide adequate legal protection to protesters. If the mere threat of ...

Protest Organizers Shouldn’t Be Liable for Other People’s Crime

June 16, 2020   •  By Zac Morgan   •  , ,

A policeman injured by an unknown attacker at a Black Lives Matter protest in July 2016 in Louisiana sued the protest's organizer, DeRay Mckesson, ...

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 ...

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