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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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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.

12 12, 2017

The Vigil (Winter 2017)

2017-12-12T14:51:37+00:00 December 12th, 2017|Categories: Newsletters, Publications|

In this issue: “ACLU-TN Defends Religious Freedom in Jackson,” “Free Speech Victory for Woman Calling Out White Supremacy,” “Defending Free Speech and Drag Queens,” “Victory for Transgender Youth in Tennessee," "ACLU-TN Fights Seizure of Disabled Vet’s Car" and more.

21 11, 2017

ACLU of Tennessee Comment on Portland’s “Sexually-Oriented Businesses” Ordinance

2017-11-21T14:47:19+00:00 November 21st, 2017|Categories: Press Releases|

Last night, the Portland, Tennessee board of aldermen passed a revised version of an ordinance to regulate “sexually-oriented businesses.” The ordinance that passed is the latest revision in a series of ordinances that the board has proposed in response to popular drag shows presented over the past several months by Elite Productions at Envy Restaurant Bar & Grill.

15 11, 2017

ACLU of Tennessee Demands Portland Drop Second Ordinance Targeting Drag Shows

2017-11-15T14:55:16+00:00 November 15th, 2017|Categories: Press Releases|

ACLU-TN sent a letter on November 15 to the mayor and board of aldermen of Portland, Tennessee, demanding that the city drop a second ordinance that effectively bans drag shows or risk litigation.

1 11, 2017

The Vigil (Fall 2017)

2017-12-12T14:47:34+00:00 November 1st, 2017|Categories: Newsletters, Publications|

In this issue: “Voter Suppression in the Trump Era, Voting Rights Discussed at Annual Meeting,” “ACLU-TN Sues to Defend Refugee Resettlement,” “Taking on Tennessee’s Money Bail System,” “ACLU Defends Abortion Rights in Tennessee,” "White County’s Unconstitutional Inmate Sterilization Program" and more.

31 10, 2017

ACLU-TN to Honor Journalist Dwight Lewis with Lifetime Achievement Award

2017-11-02T13:29:57+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Categories: Press Releases|

ACLU-TN will honor Dwight Lewis with its Lifetime Achievement Award at the organization’s fundraiser, The Constitution Uncorked. ACLU-TN will also present the Benjamin S. Pressnell Bill of Rights Award to Cesar Bautista, Jazmin Ramirez and Zacnité Vargas, who have dedicated themselves to fighting for the rights of DACA recipients in Tennessee.