Blue State Refugees v. Noem

November 3, 2021   •  By IFS Staff   •  , ,

A group of South Dakotans represented by the Institute for Free Speech is challenging the state’s “seasonal prohibition” on demonstrations outside the State Capitol ...

The Danger of “Security Concerns” Being Weaponized to Limit Assembly Rights

August 25, 2021   •  By Alec Greven   •  , , ,

The right to peacefully assemble and protest is a cornerstone of our constitutional government. However, recent events in California and Florida highlight how easily ...

State Anti-Riot Bills Must Respect Protest Rights

May 11, 2021   •  By Nathan Maxwell   •  , ,

Numerous state legislatures this year considered, or are considering, legislation that would threaten the right of citizens to peaceably assemble. The bills are problematic ...

Looking Ahead: Major Free Speech Developments to Expect Throughout Remainder of 2021

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April 22, 2021   •  By Alex Baiocco   •  , , , , , , ,

Last year, the Institute for Free Speech pointed to several trends likely to impact Americans’ political speech rights. Unfortunately, efforts to restrict speech, press, ...

IFS Condemns Capitol Riot

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January 13, 2021   •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech condemns the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol. These rioters sought to undermine our Constitution, a peaceful transition of ...

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 ...

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, ...

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