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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 29, 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.

“This generation hasn’t lived through that experience of why broad protections of free speech are helpful for social progress. They’ve seen it mostly in terms of the internet and the terrible dynamic of social media, so I think they have more appreciation for the psychological harm … of people saying offensive things and less appreciation of the historic value of free speech for a free society.”

UC Irvine chancellor: Students are not 'snowflakes,' but they need to understand free speech, Los Angeles Times

“Although Tennessee’s law would not allow a candidate to approach you outside a ballot booth to ask for your vote, or a volunteer for a party or campaign to approach you with a candidate’s literature as you walk into the polling location, Minnesota’s law goes further, forbidding an NRA member from wearing his NRA baseball cap as he enters the polling place.”

Polling-place speech restrictions collide with modern free-speech doctrine, SCOTUS Blog

“The Justice Department has filed a statement of interest siding with two conservative groups who have sued the University of California at Berkeley, alleging administrators created logistical and other hurdles that forced the cancellation or modification of planned events with right-leaning speakers.”

Justice Dept. sides with conservative groups in free-speech lawsuit against Berkeley, The Washington Post

“In a civil lawsuit against Clarke, Daniel Black argued he received hateful messages and was fearful after Clarke called him a ‘snowflake’ online and said Black ‘wouldn't be around to whine’ if the then-sheriff really wanted to harass him. Clarke made the comment after Black complained to the county that the sheriff had his deputies detain and question him for 15 minutes after he got off the plane in Milwaukee.”

Jury: Ex-sheriff did not violate man's free speech, ABC News

“Tom Kawczynski was voted out of his job as a town manager of a small community in Maine because of what many viewed as racist ideas promoted by a group he started.”

Groups accused of supporting hate speech find platforms online, ABC News

“A public school district in Oregon violated the free speech rights of unionized teachers by banning picketing and unapproved signs in advance of an anticipated strike, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.”

Oregon school district's picket ban violated free speech rights - 9th Circ., Reuters

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