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Tuesday, January 16, 2018


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.

“Whose throat do you squeeze when anyone can set up a Twitter account in seconds, and when almost any event is recorded by smartphone-­wielding mem­­bers of the public?”

It's the (Democracy-Poisoning) Golden Age of Free Speech, Wired

“A public sector union told the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday that allowing such unions to charge mandatory fees to nonmembers properly balances workers’ free speech rights with government’s interests as employers.”

Public union tells Supreme Court agency fees pass free speech muster, Reuters

“A new free speech policy for the UNC system was forced by the legislature, but a national organization rates North Carolina as the best in the country when it comes to policies that protect free speech on campus.”

North Carolina college campuses rate highly on free speech, according to this group, The News & Observer

“An Illinois community college student has sued her institution alleging a free speech violation when campus police detained her and confiscated leaflets she was passingoutthatwerecriticalofcapitalism.”

Student Sues Community College Over Free Speech Rights, Inside Higher Ed

“The bill directly relates to a situation that occurred on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus last fall when freshman student Kaitlyn Mullen allegedly was verbally assaulted by Amanda Gailey, a UNL associate professor of English, and Courtney Lawton, a graduate teaching assistant.”

Halloran introduces free speech measure, The Hastings Tribune

“A federal jury in November upheld Monsour’s ability to speak out about the problems he has seen in numerous OPWDD-run facilities. He also was awarded a token $1 for emotional stress.”

State wants judge to overturn free-speech verdict, The Times Union

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