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

A Loving Farewell to our Dedicated, Longest-Serving Board Member Stew Dunn

EXCERPT: Stew understood the core essence of the ACLU’s principles like very few people – that an open and compassionate mind combined with a strong sense of the value of individual rights and opinion will yield the best result in most situations. read more »

ACLU-VA Letter to Chesterfield County Public Schools Regarding Removal of Books from Student Reading Lists

LETTER: Vague terms to label potentially controversial books provide no guidance on the topic and only encourage some parents to forbid their children from reading the books without knowing much more about them other than an arbitrary label attached to it. read more »

For Younger Generations, No Concept of Pre-9/11 America

BLOG: From personal experience, I can say that only relatively recently have I begun to fully understand why topics like the Patriot Act and NSA surveillance are so controversial, even though I have known about them for quite some time. read more »

Community Forum Offers Important Opportunities to Reflect on Change in Post-9/11 America

GUEST BLOG: Memories of 9/11, like memories of where one was the day JFK was shot, are called "flashbulb" memories because they seem brighter. 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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