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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, January 22, 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.

"Most cases I take are perceived as underdog cases, and the odds are difficult," Barnes told WIRED, noting that the public has "never seen Twitter beat yet in court."

Chuck Johnson's Twitter Free Speech Suit Is Probably DOA, Wired

“Under the measure, student editors would be fully responsible for determining what goes into their publication or broadcast. School administrators would not be allowed to censor or review any content before publishing unless it contains libelous or slanderous material, or is obscene or incites students to commit unlawful acts on school grounds.”

State Senate Passes Bill Protecting Students' Free Speech, U.S. News

“Free speech and rallies may only be held on a small plot of land (less than one percent of the total campus area of 1,400 acres), and only between noon and1PMdaily.”

On This Campus, The First Amendment Prevails -- For One Hour A Day In A Tiny Area, Forbes

“Five retailers brought the suit to challenge California Civil Code Section 1748.1(a). The statute prohibits retailers from imposing a surcharge on customers who make payments with credit cards, but permits discounts for payments by cash or other means.”

First Amendment protects surcharge on credit cards,

“It’s squarely unconstitutional for the government to impose taxes on the basis of the views expressed by the entities being taxed. Although it might be a challenge to prove it in court, it is common sense that the law was designed to express conservative resentment against the academy.”

University Tax Flunks the First Amendment Test, Bloomberg

“The dean of the University of California Berkeley Law School Erwin Chemerinsky says many people believe offensive or racist speech should be prohibited. But free speech is one of the few issues that liberals and conservatives on the U.S. Supreme Court agree on.”

Is hate speech free speech?, Minnesota Public Radio

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