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-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 »

All Viewpoints Welcome in a Public Forum

BLOG: While certain displays might continue to offend some patrons’ sensibilities, it should be clear now that the library has created a public forum. read more »

ACLU-VA Supports Decriminalizing Free Speech

NEWS RELEASE: Profane language remains protected by the First Amendment because it reflects personal viewpoints. read more »

ACLU-VA Opposes Denying Government Contracts Based on Speech

POSITION: It is unconstitutional to deny government contracts based on speech because that action amounts to an attempt to suppress free speech. 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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