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The First Amendment protects individuals’ right to free speech and expression regardless of the popularity of the viewpoint.  Free speech is vital to a vibrant democracy.  ACLU-TN has long championed individuals’ right to speak, read, publish and protest freely, without fear of censorship.

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24 02, 2017

Day 36: Sign up to host a “People Power” Resistance Training on March 11

February 24th, 2017|Categories: Your First 100 Days Challenge|

   Sign up to host a “People Power” Resistance Training on March 11 People Power, ACLU’s new effort to engage with grassroots volunteers nationwide, will kickoff with a Resistance Training [...]

22 02, 2017

Day 34: Attend a city council meeting

February 22nd, 2017|Categories: Your First 100 Days Challenge|

   Attend a city council meeting Civic engagement—just like peaceful protest—is a cornerstone of democracy, and more and more people are showing up these days to demand accountability from their [...]

16 02, 2017

Day 28: Stop legislative crackdown on protesters’ free speech

February 16th, 2017|Categories: Your First 100 Days Challenge|

   Stop legislative crackdown on protesters’ free speech No one should have to fear for their safety simply for exercising their constitutionally-protected right to speak freely, but that's what bills [...]

20 01, 2017

Day 1: Take the People’s Oath

January 20th, 2017|Categories: Your First 100 Days Challenge|

  Take the People’s Oath Donald Trump was just sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. We don’t know what the first act of his presidency will [...]

9 12, 2016

Feel like you’re at risk?

December 9th, 2016|Categories: Know Your Rights, Legal and Community Resources|

In the wake of Election Day and subsequent rise of hate crimes on vulnerable communities, ACLU wants to make sure those who feel at risk know their rights and have access to the resources they need.

1 10, 2016

The Vigil (Fall 2016)

October 1st, 2016|Categories: Newsletters, Publications|

In this issue: "ACLU-TN launches community coalition for criminal justice reform," "ACLU-TN stands up for prisoners’ right to healthcare," "UPDATE: ACLU-TN wins victory for pro-LGBT student speech in Giles County," [...]

30 09, 2016

ACLU-TN Responds to Racist Incident During ETSU March

September 30th, 2016|Categories: Press Releases|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 30, 2016 CONTACT: ACLU-TN, 615-320-7142 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee issued the following statement in response to the recent incident [...]

15 08, 2016

Giles County Schools To Stop Censoring Pro-LGBT Speech

August 15th, 2016|Categories: Press Releases|Tags: |

ACLU-TN successfully settled a lawsuit filed on behalf of a Giles County student censored by her school for wearing a pro-LGBT shirt.

20 07, 2016

Stand Up/Speak Up: Youth Activist Guide

July 20th, 2016|Categories: Know Your Rights, Legal and Community Resources, Publications|

There are many different ways to be a teen activist, and Stand Up/Speak Up: A Guide for Youth Activists explores the experiences of high school students from across Tennessee who used [...]

8 06, 2016

ACLU-TN’s Freedom of Speech, Expression and Association Resource Sheet

June 8th, 2016|Categories: Know Your Rights, Legal and Community Resources, Publications|

The rights of free speech are guaranteed to us by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and by Article I, Section 19 of the Tennessee State Constitution. These [...]