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

Mobile Justice Smart Phone App Can Protect You and Others

BLOG: Given the alarming number of instances of police abuse across the country documented by victims or witnesses on their phone cameras, the need for the app is quite real. read more »

ACLU Statement on the Passing of Civil Liberties Heavyweight and ACLU Client Muhammad Ali

ACLU's ROMERO: "Muhammad Ali was much more than a boxer — and that's something, considering he was The Greatest of all time." read more »

Planning to Attend a Political Rally? Whether in Support or Protest, Be Sure to Know Your Rights

BLOG: Many rally attendees may not know the full scope of their rights in Virginia. It is important to distinguish what protections are afforded by federal law and what protections, or lack of protections, are afforded by Virginia. read more »

ACLU-VA Joins Coalition Urging Veto of Bill on Sexually Explicit Materials in Schools

NEWS RELEASE: Passing judgments, applying labels and red-flagging educational materials that might prompt uncomfortable but insightful discussions is a small-minded activity that does not belong in public schools, state Board of Education policy or Virginia law. read more »

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In the Courts

Christian v. City of Petersburg and W. Howard Myers

Right to Speak at City Council Meetings read more »

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 »

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