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

ACLU of Virginia to Governor: Capitol Square Demonstration Regulation is Unconstitutional

Richmond, VA -- The regulation governing demonstrations on Capitol Square is "riddled with constitutional problems," the ACLU of Virginia wrote today in a letter to Governor Terry McAuliffe. The letter called upon the Governor to take swift action to revise the regulation. read more »

ACLU of Virginia Applauds Governor McAuliffe’s Veto of Senate Bill 555

Richmond, VA -- The ACLU of Virginia applauds Governor Terry McAuliffe’s veto of Senate Bill 555, which would have allowed National Guard chaplains to proselytize to unwilling service members. read more »

ACLU tells Virginia Community College System That Campus Demonstration Policies are Unconstitutional

Richmond, VA -- On Friday, the ACLU of Virginia sent a letter to the Chancellor and Board of the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) informing them that VCCS's policies limiting the right to protest on Virginia's community college campuses violate the First Amendment. The letter called upon the VCCS to take swift action to revise the policies. read more »

2014 Virginia Legislative Session Provides Mixed Results for Civil Liberties

The 2014 Session of the Virginia General Assembly left the ACLU of Virginia and its 10,000 members and supporters with little reason to cheer and significant reason to worry about the state of civil liberties in the Commonwealth when the General Assembly adjourns sine die read more »

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In the Courts

Dietz v. Perez

Injunction Against Online Speech read more »

Commonwealth v. Dean

Subpoena for Church Petitions read more »

Bland v. Roberts (amicus)

Facebook “Like” as Speech read more »

Libertarian Party of Virginia v. Judd

State Residency Requirement for Petition Circulators read more »

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