First Amendment

A free speech storm over Harvey

Free Speech | A student group laments the chilling effect a professor’s firing could have on campus expression
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 9/05/17, 03:26 pm

A Florida sociology professor who lost his job last week over a hateful tweet about Harvey victims has a fledgling free-speech organization questioning the “chilling effect” harsh penalties can have on professors and students, on and off campus. 

Defending people’s right to speak without defending what they say is a growing problem, said Matthew Foldi, president and founder of Students for Free Expression, adding that living within the tension of that paradigm is essential to ensure free expression for all, even the most odious.

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War in the park

Protest | Hate, not love, triumphed in Bay Area protests
by Sophia Lee
Posted 8/28/17, 06:24 pm

BERKELEY, CALIF.—In mid-August, press accounts from Charlottesville, Va., rightly emphasized the death of one innocent person and the violence of white supremacists. The prime story from Berkeley’s riot two weeks later was the opposite: Happily, no fatalities, but the left-wing “antifa” army showcased its violence, and once again most of the police stood aside at a crucial time. 

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White supremacists test ACLU resolve

Free Speech | The civil liberties advocacy group decides not to defend protesters who carry guns
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 8/22/17, 11:51 am

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) appears to have backed off its defense of hate groups and their rhetoric, saying it is not obliged to represent organizations whose members demonstrate while carrying firearms. The policy shift puts the national organization in line with California chapters that objected to the ACLU’s ongoing representation of white supremacist groups in the wake of the deadly Aug. 12 protest in Charlottesville, Va.

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