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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 27, 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 Chinese Communist Party is extending its surveillance of critics abroad, reaching into Western academic communities and silencing visiting Chinese students.”

Beijing Hinders Free Speech in America, The New York Times

“On Wednesday, the supreme court will consider whether the government must obtain a warrant before accessing the rich trove of data that cellphone providers collect about cellphone users’ movements.”

Supreme court cellphone case puts free speech – not just privacy – at risk, The Guardian

“Parham Pourdavood was doodling in class one day when a classmate saw it and froze. “And my friend was like, ‘Did you know you could get killed for that.’”

Growing up without free speech like ‘prison for your mind’, Berkeley News

“Twitter holds a power that is similar to what only magazine publishers and TV networks once controlled. Unlike their predecessors, however, the company has made little effort to be responsible with its newfound influence.”

Twitter’s verified status is a power that must be controlled, The Hill

"Murray hated what Wallace represented. Segregation, she had written years before, was “a monster, dividing peoples, thwarting personalities, breeding civil wars.”

Free Speech, Personified, The New York Times

“In a 3-2 ruling issued Wednesday, the court affirmed the decision by Kanawha Circuit Judge Carrie Webster to dismiss a lawsuit from Soraya M. McClung, the former lab director, who claimed her right to free speech was violated when she was demoted at the forensic lab for sharing her concerns about conditions at the lab with lawmakers.”

WV Supreme Court: Former police lab director's free speech not violated, Charleston Gazette-Mail

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