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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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10 02, 2022

ACLU-TN Files Open Records Request on McMinn County School Board’s Banning of “Maus”

2022-02-10T13:04:36-06:00 February 10th, 2022|Categories: Press Releases|

In an effort to defend academic freedom, we sent an open records request regarding the McMinn County Board of Education’s recent decision to remove “Maus.”

14 07, 2021

Police Surveillance: Knoxville, Tennessee

2021-08-06T12:03:44-05:00 July 14th, 2021|Categories: General News|

in recent years, the Knoxville Police Department has increased their reliance on surveillance technology, from acquiring automatic license plate readers, working with state lawmakers to enhance their ability to use drones to spy on protesters, and signing agreements with powerful corporations like Amazon to access surveillance data.

25 06, 2021

ACLU Files Lawsuit Challenging New Tennessee Law Requiring Restroom Warning Signs

2021-06-25T12:59:21-05:00 June 25th, 2021|Categories: Press Releases|

We filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the Tennessee law that would require businesses that allow transgender people to use the restroom that  matches their gender to post a government-prescribed warning sign. 

25 05, 2021

ACLU-TN on Signing of Bill Censoring Academic Discussions on History and Race

2021-05-25T11:10:08-05:00 May 25th, 2021|Categories: General News, Press Releases|

ACLU-TN comment on the governor censoring academic discussions about American history, race, and gender in Tennessee public-school classrooms.

14 05, 2021

ACLU-TN Pushes for Veto of Legislation Censoring Academic Discussions of History, Race & Gender

2021-05-14T11:13:45-05:00 May 14th, 2021|Categories: Press Releases|

We sent a letter urging Governor Lee to veto legislation that would censor academic discussions about American history, race, and gender in Tennessee classrooms.