Free Speech

The ACLU of Virginia is a vigorous defender of freedom of speech, as well as freedom of the press, and the rights of demonstrators. These are among our most fundamental liberties and are guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights.

News & Commentary

Fairfax Judge Denies County’s Request to Dismiss ACLU of VA Case Challenging Unlawful Police Surveillance

PRESS RELEASE: Today, Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Grace Carroll denied Fairfax County Police Department's (FCPD) request to dismiss a case brought by the ACLU of Virginia challenging the FCPD’s use of automatic license plate readers to unlawfully collect the personal information of law-abiding Virginians. read more »

Heading Back to School? Don’t Forget Your Rights!

BLOG: It’s back to school time in the Commonwealth. So, we could think of no better time to highlight the role of students in securing our civil rights and liberties. read more »

Government Speech or Private Speech? A Choice that Makes a Real Difference

OP ED: Sometimes the United States Supreme Court decides a case in a manner that leaves no room for policy choices. The school desegregation and recent marriage cases are examples of that kind of case; they define rights that government must accord equally to all. read more »

One Year into Post-Ferguson America

BLOG: For the justice movement, there is pre-Ferguson and post-Ferguson. One year ago today, a white Ferguson, Missouri police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. read more »

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In the Courts

Pro-football, Inc. v. Blackhorse

Cancellation of Trademark Based on Disparaging Language read more »

Radiance Foundation v. NAACP

Right to Criticize National Organization read more »

Dietz v. Perez

Injunction Against Online Speech read more »

Commonwealth v. Dean

Subpoena for Church Petitions read more »

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