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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, November 06, 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.

“[Maurice] Eisenstein, whose comments touched on blacks, gays, Muslims and Jews, is part of a growing group of professors on both sides of the political aisle who have faced discipline for speech in the classroom.”

Purdue professor known for controversial comments loses free speech case, Indianapolis Star

“Seventy-five percent of Republicans want some form of punishment for disruptive students, while 64 percent Democrat preferred to see administrators listen to and address the students' demands, as do 56 percent of college students.”

Study: Support for Free Speech Eroding, Washington Free Beacon

“Over the past two months, the high court has been flooded with nearly 100 legal briefs, equally divided between the two sides, that raise lofty legal arguments about free speech and religious liberty, equal rights and anti-discrimination laws.”

Free speech v. same-sex marriage case floods high court, USA Today

“The court said because [James] Edwards publicly associated with members of the Klan and publicly shared their beliefs, he couldn’t claim defamation for being associated with them.”

Detroit News wins free speech lawsuit, Michigan Radio

“Their target is, a website that was once part of Village Voice Media, which serves the majority of these problematic ads, making tens of millions in the process.”

On Free Speech and How It Protects Sex Traffickers, Fortune

“Throughout the litigation, Salt Lake’s organizers have been vocal, posting public court documents on its website and social medial accounts, along with commentary on the legal twists and San Diego Comic-Con’s actions, as a way to build fan support.”

San Diego lawsuit over 'Comic Con' name turns into free speech fight, The San Diego Union-Tribune

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