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 Opposes Government Cancellation of NFL Team’s Trademark; Asks Appeals Court to Find Trademark Law Unconstitutional Violation of Free Speech

PRESS RELEASE: The ACLU of Virginia, the ACLU of the National Capitol Area and the national ACLU today filed a friend-of-the-court brief urging the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse the cancellation of the Washington National Football League team’s trademarks on the grounds they are “disparaging.” read more »

Body-Worn Cameras are Only a Tool

OP ED: In order for BWCs to be an effective tool of accountability and transparency, the culture in the law enforcement agency that deploys them must support both. read more »

New State Law Needed for Police Body-Worn Cams

PRESS RELEASE: New state law is needed to address an alarming lack of depth and uniformity among policies guiding local police use of body-worn cameras in Virginia, an ACLU of Virginia report has concluded. read more »

Advocating for Virginia’s Public School Students

IN THE NEWS: The ACLU of Virginia recently sent the following letters to school divisions regarding important rights issues affecting students. 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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