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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, December 04, 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.

“Kennesaw State University President Sam Olens, who then was state attorney general, was at Burt’s Farm for the rally and spoke out against the arrest in the moment.”

Tisdale’s camera pits free speech against property rights, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Imagine that a major media corporation owns the largest television station and largest newspaper in a given market (now allowed thanks to the FCC’s recent decision to abolish the cross-ownership ban), and that it pays the telecoms a hefty fee to guarantee that its digital platforms will load quickly and play video flawlessly.”

The End Of Net Neutrality Will Cripple The First Amendment, WGBH News

"The court long has held that the focus in religious freedom cases is whether a particular person has a sincerely held religious belief, not what the religion teaches."

Is there a constitutional right for a business to not serve customers?, ABA Journal

"He has to pay $1000 each to Tasy and another student who was involved. He also has to pay $15,000 in legal fees to ADF."

A Professor Learns An Expensive Lesson About Civility And The First Amendment, Forbes

“The deluge of messages began after Gersh, who was involved with a local organization called ‘Love Lives Here,’ spoke with Sherry Spencer, the mother of white nationalist and alt-right leader Richard Spencer.”

Founder of neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer argues ‘troll storm’ against Jewish woman is free speech, The Washington Post

“When violence did erupt between the heavily-armed white nationalists and counter-protesters, city and state police failed to intervene, the report said. When violence was most widespread, ‘CPD commanders pulled officers back to a protected area of the park,’ where they stayed for over an hour, according to the report.”

Report: Police Failed to Protect Public, Free Speech at Deadly Charlottesville Rally, US News

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