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Want to know what is on our minds? Find blog posts written here, by the City Club staff, members, and partners. Every week you can find a new edition of #FreeSpeech in the News — a collection of related stories, commentary, and opinions on free speech in the 21st century that’s making the news. You’ll also find takes on current events, past forums, and issues surrounding Northeast Ohio. Read on for all things City Club.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

#FreeSpeech in the News: July 24, 2017

#FreeSpeech in the News: July 24, 2017

As the Citadel of Free Speech here in Cleveland, we work to protect and promote the basis of our democracy by sharing related stories, commentary, and opinions on free speech in the 21st century. Here's what's making the news – and what you should know about – in the past week.

“While many forms of protest should always be permitted on college campuses, all students will ultimately benefit if future shut-down attempts are averted.”

Suspensions for College Students Who Thwarted Free Speech, The Atlantic

“But it gets to a fundamental issue that critics of the City Club's decision have voiced: Unless you're the United States government, being ‘inclusive’ in celebrating free speech does not at all mean being exhaustive.”

Civility Now! Corey Lewandowski, Ignites Free Speech Debate in Cleveland, Cleveland Scene

“It’s an unintended consequence of a sweeping decision involving First Amendment issues.”

Columbus police to stop enforcing panhandling law after court ruling, The Columbus Dispatch

“What this does is criminalize people for expressing their freedom of speech.”

Campus free speech bills: Restrict or protect rights?, The Detroit News

“While federal and state laws that clarify citizens’ rights to free speech in public areas and at schools or jobs have existed for years, the issue of freedom of speech within common interest developments is now serious enough that it finally has caught the attention of state lawmakers.”

Freedom of speech doesn’t end once you enter a homeowner association, Los Angeles Times

“Since the documented Russian connections to the Trump campaign is unlike anything this country has seen, it’s easy to see how the First Amendment wouldn’t stand as an obstacle if it were shown that there was a coordinated attempt to strike at the core of American self-government.”

No, Donald Trump Jr. Doesn’t Have a First Amendment Right to Get Freebies From the Russians, New York Magazine

“The ECHR upheld the 2013 decision of Belgium's top court, which found that, far from simply expressing his views, Belkacem had incited others to discriminate on the basis of faith and to violence against non-Muslims.”

European human rights court rejects free speech defense of extremist videos, Reuters

“We’ll find a way to get this event done, and UC Berkeley has a moral and legal obligation to ensure we do so.”

Berkeley fre-speech fight flares up again over Ben Shapiro, The Washington Post

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