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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 30, 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.

“The College Republicans of SIUE, a student organization, is suing SIUE over a "speech zone" designated for demonstrations. It's a 900 square-foot area that some students say isn't big enough for a 1,600-acre campus with 14,000 students.”

SIUE students sue university over free speech, KDSK

“We argue, in essence, that the Free Speech Clause does not protect a baker’s right to refuse their request because baking cakes is conduct that is neither historically nor inherently a form of protected speech.”

There’s no free speech right to refuse wedding cakes to gay couples, The Washington Post

“When Phoenix New Times spoke to group member Shelby Busch yesterday, she said at least 20 venues turned down the opportunity to host Yiannopoulos because they feared retaliation or violence.”

Milo Cancels Phoenix Visit, Blames 'Left-Wing Bullies', Phoenix New Times

“We should refuse to allow hateful speakers on campus,” a campus faculty member said. The statement was met with resounding applause. I mentally prepared for the response to what I was going to say next."

Hate speech is protected free speech, even on college campuses, Vox

“The department on Tuesday filed a statement of interest in the case of Kevin Shaw, who sued Pierce College in Los Angeles. Shaw says administrators barred him from distributing Spanish-language copies of the U.S. constitution outside of a 616-square-foot area on campus.”

Justice Dept. Adds Support to Student in California Free Speech Case, NBC

“A person should be able to do her job and not be called a … you know. As Justice Dennis Eveleigh said in his not-at-all-concise 18,000-word dissent, the state has an interest in preserving the peace.”

Colin McEnroe: Free Speech Has A Limit For This Creampuff Liberal, Hartford Courant

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