Free Speech

ACLU of Michigan Defends Free Speech Rights of Man Arrested, Charged for Facebook Comments

ACLU of Michigan Defends Free Speech Rights of Man Arrested, Charged for Facebook Comments

2017-02-21 00:00:00

Pushing back against chilling efforts to criminalize free speech on social media, the ACLU of Michigan will appear at a court hearing tomorrow in defense of a Detroit man charged with directing “terroristic threats” at police officers after he vented about killing cops in a Facebook post last year. 

An ACLU Lawyer’s Appeal for a Renewed Commitment to Social Justice

An ACLU Lawyer’s Appeal for a Renewed Commitment to Social Justice

2016-01-05 00:00:00

Throughout 2015, black students across the country were forced to face down racial hostility and violence on college campuses that seemed drawn straight from the Jim Crow era.  In addition, a leading presidential candidate spent much of the year promising to build a wall to keep out Mexican immigrants.

Busking Is a First Amendment Right

Busking Is a First Amendment Right

2015-03-27 00:00:00

College students Chris Waechter and Gabe Novak were told by Saugatuck police officers and other city officials that they were prohibited from playing music, or “busking,” on public sidewalks. When Gabe told police in July 2014 that he believed his activity was protected by the First Amendment, he was hauled off to jail for the weekend and charged with a felony.

Three Ways You’d Be Better Off as a Business

Three Ways You’d Be Better Off as a Business

2014-07-01 00:00:00

Today in “Companies Are Just Like Us” news, the Supreme Court has decided that Hobby Lobby, a for-profit chain of crafts stores that wants to discriminate on the basis of religion and not provide female employees access to contraceptives, is indeed exempt from following federal law!

What law is that, you may ask? The Affordable Care Act of course, which required that company insurance plans must fully cover contraception methods for their employees because, you know, that makes sense, right?

ACLU Urges Ironwood Officials to Uphold the Free Speech Rights of Public Employees

ACLU Urges Ironwood Officials to Uphold the Free Speech Rights of Public Employees

2010-06-04 00:00:00

IRONWOOD, MICH. – In a letter today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan urged the Ironwood Department of Public Safety to uphold the free speech rights of a firefighter who was threatened with discipline and termination for writing letters to the editor that were critical of city government.

ACLU Calls on U-M to Honor Students’ Free Speech Rights in Residence Halls

ACLU Calls on U-M to Honor Students’ Free Speech Rights in Residence Halls

2010-03-17 00:00:00

DETROIT  The American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter today urging the University of Michigan to amend its written policy banning students from campaigning for political causes and elections within the residence halls. The letter was signed by representatives of the ACLU of Michigan as well as the U-M undergraduate and law school ACLU chapters and the Washtenaw County ACLU. Read the letter here.

Banning Censorship: The Lorax Speaks

Banning Censorship: The Lorax Speaks

2010-03-03 00:00:00

Long before I knew Kerouac, Bukowski, or Nabokov, I knew Dr. Seuss. “The Cat in the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham” were staples during my childhood.

The fact that I attended a Lutheran Parochial school and Dr. Seuss just happened to be Lutheran only gave me more opportunities to get better acquainted with his strange characters and rhyming prose.

The simplicity of his work guided me at a time when I barely understood the English language. Along with millions of other children, Theodor Seuss Geisel helped me make sense of it all in a completely nonsensical way.

What's Race Got to Do With It?

What's Race Got to Do With It?

2009-07-29 00:00:00

Henry Louis Gates committed a crime. He was arrested for disturbing the peace, but that wasn’t his offense. Gates committed the age-old crime of being uppity. “Uppity adj: putting on airs of superiority: ARROGANT, PRESUMPTUOUS.” In decades past, this offense could get a black man lynched.

Salem Township Residents Have a Right to Criticize Officials, Says ACLU Lawsuit

Salem Township Residents Have a Right to Criticize Officials, Says ACLU Lawsuit

2008-03-24 00:00:00

DETROIT The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of two Salem Township residents who were removed from a Board of Trustees meeting for criticizing the township supervisor. 

Remember Rights and Keep Government Out of Religion

Remember Rights and Keep Government Out of Religion

2006-12-18 00:00:00

ACLU on the so-called “War on Christmas”

It's the magical season again when a generous spirit fills the air, and the media are abuzz with stories of the purported "War on Christmas." The American Civil Liberties Union receives dozens of notes from across the country. Some kindly wish us a Merry Christmas, while others resort to taunting, name-calling and threats.

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Pushing back against chilling efforts to criminalize free speech on social media, the ACLU of Michigan will appear at a court hearing tomorrow in defense of a...
College students Chris Waechter and Gabe Novak were told by Saugatuck police officers and other city officials that they were prohibited from playing music, or...
June 04, 2010 Free Speech
IRONWOOD, MICH. – In a letter today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan urged the Ironwood Department of Public Safety to uphold the free speech...
March 17, 2010 Free Speech
DETROIT — The American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter today urging the University of Michigan to amend its written policy banning students from...
March 24, 2008 Free Speech
DETROIT — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of two Salem Township residents who were removed from a Board...
May 10, 2004 Free Speech
Political Symbols or Messages Now Permitted on Clothing DETROIT — The Bay City Schools has changed its mind about suspending a high school student for wearing...
October 03, 2003 Free Speech
DETROIT — In a case with implications throughout the state, a federal judge has struck down the Michigan “verbal assault” law as violating the free speech...
October 01, 2003 Free Speech
DETROIT — A federal judge has ruled that the Dearborn student who was prohibited from wearing a t-shirt with a picture of President Bush that reads, "...
March 27, 2003 Free Speech
DETROIT — Challenging a school’s decision to prohibit a student from wearing an anti-President Bush t-shirt, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan...
February 01, 2003 Free Speech
After Brett Barber, a junior at Dearborn High School, was told to take off his anti-Bush t-shirt or go home, he called the ACLU of Michigan to ask for help....
October 02, 2002 Free Speech
DETROIT — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a motion today asking a federal judge to order the South Lyon Community Schools to permit the...
June 06, 2002 Free Speech
DETROIT — Today the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a lawsuit in federal court against the South Lyon Community Schools for suspending two...
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