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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, August 07, 2017

#FreeSpeech in the News: August 7, 2017

#FreeSpeech in the News: August 7, 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.

"They're trying to tell us we can suppress you even if you have done nothing wrong … and to be clear, that is a signal for the entire free press of India.”

Is free speech under threat in Modi’s India?, Aljazeera

If you’ve been following the debate about free speech among administrators, faculty, and students on college campuses, this congressional hearing may be most striking as a reminder that, in Washington, D.C., almost no elected official in the Republican or Democratic Party agrees with the most censorious parts of the campus Left.”

Congress Finds Consensus on Free Speech on Campus, The Atlantic

The Metroparks only allows people who want to engage in free-speech activities to do so at Edgewater ‘within one picnic area described as Upper Edgewater - Near Statue,’ the lawsuit says.”

Cleveland Metroparks’ policies regulating free-speech activities are unconstitutional, lawsuit says,

“While the Metroparks agreed to no longer enforce its policies as it pertains to an individual person circulating petitions, the parks system defended its policies earlier.”

Cleveland Metroparks will no longer enforce free speech policies for individuals circulating petitions,

For me, a different danger lurks beyond a pro-slave narrative. This nation is reaching a critical breaking point on free speech. Everyone is yelling but no one is listening. Never has speech been more free, yet seemingly more empty and superficial.”

HBO’s revolting slave fiction and free speech: Phillip Morris,

“If any government were really concerned about supporting democracy and fighting corruption, it would eliminate its laws that enable those in the government to do favors for interest groups.”

The Fight Against Another Progressive Attack on The First Amendment, Forbes

The person who boycotts Israel claims that his or her free speech rights under the First Amendment are being violated; the baker can make the identical claim.”

How the ACLU only protects the free speech of liberals, The Hill

“Our laws protect our right to free speech but society has no such obligation to tolerate different viewpoints.”

Active Morals: Carrying out the American Spirit of Free Speech, HuffPost

“A free people could deliberate and vote without relying on the first of the state to crush all sources of information that might mislead them.”

Republicans, Don’t Sacrifice Free Speech to Punish the Media, National Review

“The liberal ideal sees free speech as a positive-sum good, enabling an open marketplace of ideas where, in the long run, reason can prevail… left-wing critics of liberalism instead see the free-speech rights of the oppressed and the oppressors set in zero-sum conflict, so that the expansion of one inevitably comes at the cost of the other.”

The real problem with that Google employee’s viral anti-diversity memo is bigger than Silicon Valley, Quartz

For decades, the Supreme Court had a workable standard in such free speech cases.”

No Free Speech for You, Slate

"Every year there seems to be one higher education policy issue that spreads rapidly throughout the states… This year it's campus free speech legislation."

Campus Free Speech Laws Ignite the Country, U.S. News & World Report

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