Each year, FIRE reviews thousands of potential cases involving individuals and groups whose rights are threatened. FIRE’s team of legal and advocacy experts have decades of experience protecting free speech both on and off college campuses. Learn more about FIRE’s civil liberties cases.
The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office can’t take a joke. That became clear when one of its detectives, supported by a fully-armed SWAT team, arrested Waylon Bailey for domestic terrorism. His crime? A Facebook post comparing the March 2020 Covid lockdowns to a zombie apocalypse, complete with all-caps text, emojis, and the hashtag “#weneedyoubradpitt”.
On November 9, 2022, student protesters at Cornell University disrupted a student group-sponsored speaking engagement featuring conservative pundit Ann Coulter, shutting down the event after just 30 minutes.
If you are a resident of Eastpointe, Michigan, who peacefully criticizes the mayor during the city council’s “hearing of the public,” there’s a good chance you may find yourself shouted down, cut off, and ruled out of order. That’s what happened to Mary Hall-Rayford, Karen Beltz, Karen Mouradjian, and Cindy Federle when they criticized Mayor Monique Owens during Eastpointe City Council meetings.
A police officer sued the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan for defamation because it published a press release and public letter arguing that he may have engaged in illegal jury tampering. The ACLU of Michigan based that letter and press release on a court transcript — which are almost universally accurate — that had a typo in it. Unfortunately, that typo made it seem like the police officer may have engaged in jury tampering, which he didn’t.
Emporia State adopted a policy allowing for broad discretion in firing tenured faculty, posing a serious threat to academic freedom, then immediately fired 33 faculty members, including one who publicly criticized the policy.
If you are facing retaliation over protected speech, or if you are a college student or faculty member whose First Amendment rights may have been violated, reach out to FIRE to learn more about how we can protect your rights.