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September 13, 2019

Remembering why free speech is important

At a time when freedom of speech seems to be under assault, it's worth stepping back to reconsider why it matters. In a free society, all citizens must be able to pursue their own paths, set their own goals, and think for themselves. Of course, in America and elsewhere, there are norms, orthodoxies, and taboos. ...

September 03, 2019

Yes, the First Amendment protects speech on personalized license plates

Jon Kotler is a professor at the University of Southern California, as well as a First Amendment expert. He's also been a soccer fan since the 1950s, travelling from Los Angeles to London each year to watch his favorite team, Fulham FC, play in their beautiful stadium on the banks of the River Thames. To ...

May 28, 2019

The Hill: Texas said he couldn’t wear a MAGA cap to vote — now he’s suing to protect his rights

Voters face many important choices when they cast their ballots on Election Day. But one choice they shouldn't have to make is between their right to free speech and their right to vote. Yet voters in Texas face exactly that choice, thanks to a state law that gives election workers the power to stop you ...

May 17, 2019

New York Daily News: The right way to honor the legacy of Brown v. Board: Ensure equal access to quality education regardless of race or ethnicity

Sixty-five years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The court held that segregation in schools violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and ordered school districts to admit students on a non-racial basis. In so doing, the court adopted the views ...

May 15, 2019

Protecting free speech is more important than protecting people from being offended

In 2015, Pew Research Center polled residents of 38 countries around the world on their attitudes towards free speech. The United States leads the pack when it comes to citizens believing people should be able to say what they want and get access to the information they need. This won't surprise any American who understands ...

April 10, 2019

The California DMV can’t censor team spirit

Jon Kotler is the latest in a long line of Americans who have chosen to stand up for their First Amendment rights to free speech. Jon is an unassuming man with an encyclopedic knowledge of sports. He could talk to you about everything from the conditions of old Candlestick Park to the skill set of ...

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