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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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Wednesday, December 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.

“Executives are right that their hands-off approach to harassment was not working, but the public outcry from both sides so far is a sign that the alternative will pose problems of its own.”

Twitter walks a fine line on free speech, The Washington Post

“This is an unusual case. But the conflict between the free speech rights of individuals and the demands of the modern workplace is real.”

The free speech right of public employees not to pay union dues, SCOTUSblog

“While conservative students defend the importance of inviting controversial speakers to campus and giving offense, many self-identified liberals are engaged in increasingly disruptive, even violent, efforts to shut them down. Free speech for some, they argue, serves only to silence and exclude others.”

The Two Clashing Meanings of 'Free Speech', The Atlantic

“Nationally, 32% of campuses have at least one policy that ‘clearly and substantially’ restricts free speech, according to an annual report by the nonprofit Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. In California, that number drops to about 14%. The report gives these schools its lowest rating — a ‘red light.’”

New report says California colleges protect free speech better than peers, The Los Angeles Times

“Mr. Blakely’s argument may have come from a good place. But there is no question that limiting speech to topics we find acceptable, politically, or culturally, will ultimately lead to outcomes we all will regret.”

Free speech is democracy's greatest safeguard, The Blade

“That said, the thing Milo Yiannopoulos wants more than anything else is to be shut down. If Berkeley says your event is canceled, he then goes - he can sue Berkeley.”

College Students Clash Repeatedly Over Free Speech Issues, NPR

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