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On Monday, FIRE and nearly 90 supporters and friends gathered at the Jones Day law firm’s rooftop to celebrate the launch of FIRE’s First Amendment Library. Originally the small passion project of First Amendment law scholar Ronald Collins, the library is now designed to be a premier resource for information about the First Amendment’s five... Read more Read more


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Columbia University has suspended its men’s wrestling team from competition pending an investigation of group text messages that were leaked to a student-run news website. This is different from the average college free speech case in that the students in question are student-athletes. It is generally accepted that student-athletes agree to some increased regulation of... Read more Read more


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In honor of yesterday’s launch of FIRE’s First Amendment Library, we’ll be bringing you information on the library’s top features all week. Today, we’re highlighting the library’s History of the First Amendment, which provides an interactive history lesson on freedom of expression in America and its historical influences. Starting with the ratification of the Magna... Read more Read more


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Last week, historian and Baylor University professor George Gawrych was prevented from delivering a lecture at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) when students chanted repeatedly in protest until he left the room. According to the student newspaper, The Sundial, Gawrych’s planned lecture was to focus on a book he had written about Turkish army officer... Read more Read more


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Earlier this month, a federal district court in California denied a preliminary injunction request and dismissed the First Amendment claims of a satirical student newspaper at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) that was stripped of funding last year after publishing a controversial article. The newspaper, The Koala, is represented by the ACLU of... Read more Read more


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PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 14, 2016—Today, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is proud to launch our First Amendment Library, designed to be the premier resource for information about the First Amendment’s five freedoms. FIRE’s First Amendment Library is a free, online database of First Amendment-related materials, including illustrated timelines, educational materials, unique articles, and... Read more Read more


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The University of Denver (DU) maintains a “free speech wall” for students to use to express themselves in paint—a common feature on college campuses, often taken the form of a wall or a rock. But now, after someone used the wall to paint lyrics from a punk rock song (Minor Threat’s “Guilty of Being White”)... Read more Read more


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A disturbing column in Politico last week alleged that administrators at the University of Pennsylvania sent an email to faculty members in the Wharton School of Business “urging” them to remain silent about their opinions on the school’s famous alumnus, Donald Trump, who graduated from the institution in 1968. According to Politico: In the summer... Read more Read more


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On Monday, Georgetown Law Students for Democratic Reform (GLSDR) were told by campus administrators that they could not hold a phone bank supporting New York Democratic congressional candidate Zephyr Teachout on campus because doing so would violate Georgetown University Law Center’s newly-revised “Student Organizations Policy on Partisan and Political Activities.” What’s more, this ban came... Read more Read more


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At FIRE, our job is to ensure that students and faculty members are able to speak their minds on campus. After Donald Trump emerged as the winner of Tuesday’s presidential election, Americans from coast to coast have shared their opinions on the outcome, voicing everything from congratulations to the president-elect, condemnation of him, to sentiments... Read more Read more



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