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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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3 10, 2018

“Political surveillance in Memphis – Then & Now” presented by the First Amendment Center

2018-10-03T15:49:04+00:00 October 3rd, 2018|Categories: Events|

Mon., 10/15: Author Marc Perrusquia and ACLU-TN attorney Mandy Strickland Floyd discuss political surveillance in Memphis in the 1960s and 70s by the FBI and the Memphis Police Department and ACLU-TN's current lawsuit against the MMP for alleged First Amendment violations in its surveillance of activists and others.

21 08, 2018

09/06/18: Statewide Webinar: “Liberties on the Line: From the Session to the Election”

2018-08-21T10:29:22+00:00 August 21st, 2018|Categories: Events|

Statewide Webinar: "Liberties on the Line: From the Session to the Election" (NEW DATE) Thursday, September 6; 5 – 6 p.m. CT

13 08, 2018

The Vigil (Spring 2018)

2018-08-13T14:13:05+00:00 August 13th, 2018|Categories: Newsletters, Publications|

In this issue: “ACLU Protects Fourth Amendment Rights of Disabled Veteran," "Tennessee Lawmakers Appeal Federal Dismissal of Anti-Refugee Lawsuit," "2018 Legislative Review," "ACLU Explores Criminal Justice Reform, Voting Rights On Statewide Speaking Tour," "The 'Get Your Right To Vote Back' Program," "#FamiliesBelongTogether" and more.

17 04, 2018

ACLU Membership Conference 2018

2018-04-17T09:44:10+00:00 April 17th, 2018|Categories: Events|

June 10 – June 12: The ACLU Conference brings together ACLU members and activists alike for learning, mobilization, and inspiration. The event is an opportunity for members from around the country to exchange ideas, to celebrate the extraordinary history of the ACLU, and to look forward to the challenges ahead.

13 03, 2018

ACLU-TN Urges Schools to Protect Students’ First Amendment Rights During Planned Walkouts

2018-03-13T11:47:11+00:00 March 13th, 2018|Categories: Press Releases|

In anticipation of student-led school walkouts to protest gun violence this week, ACLU-TN has sent a letter to every school district in the state calling on school directors to ensure that students’ First Amendment rights are protected.

12 03, 2018

Protect Net Neutrality in Tennessee

2018-03-12T15:26:00+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Categories: Take Action|

The TGA is currently considering three measures that would protect net neutrality in Tennessee. Without net neutrality, Internet providers can block, speed up or slow down certain websites, choose what content we can access and what privileges some users have – whether based on corporate profit or even political views.