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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, October 23, 2017


Bliss Davis, Content Coordinator, The City Club of Cleveland


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.

“Facebook needs to reassess its hate speech rules that allow some blatantly derogatory content to persist while censoring activists.”

Silenced by ‘free speech’, TechCrunch

But universities are caught between a philosophical rock and a hard place, between the right even of obnoxious individuals to freedom of speech and students’ right to freely protest.

If millennials are wary of free speech, who can blame them?, The Guardian

“[Hanna] Kovanic is concerned that hateful messages lead to hateful acts. As for freedom of speech, she says accommodating it comes with a cost.”

Holocaust Survivor On Balancing Free Speech With Hate Speech: ‘We Have To Have Limitations’, CBS Miami

“Speaking to an audience at his alma mater, the University of Delaware, Biden said shouting down speakers is ‘simply wrong.’”

Biden on Free Speech: ‘Liberals Have Very Short Memories’, The Washington Free Beacon

“CSU alumnus Larry Solomon referred to his gay daughter and quoted the poster to Berkman.

‘Had my daughter been on campus and had a human being yell at her that he thought she should kill herself like all the other f******, would that have been protected speech?’”

CSU President Apologizes to Students and Asks for Ideas, ideastream

“[Rodger] Goodell said the league handbook would remain the same: It is policy that players stand for the anthem, but it's not a rule."

When It Comes To Race And Sports, Who Owns An Athlete's Opinions?, NPR

“Twitter's toxic content problem isn't just bad for humanity—it's bad for business, because it drives people away from the platform.”

Here are twitter's latest rules for fighting hate and abuse, WIRED

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