The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education is now the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression. On June 6, FIRE announced its expansion to fight for free speech beyond college campuses.
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Remarks attributable to FIRE President & CEO Greg Lukianoff:
“America needs a new nonpartisan defender of free speech that will advocate unapologetically for this fundamental human right in both the court of law and the court of public opinion. FIRE has a proven track record of defeating censorship on campus. We are excited to now bring that same tireless advocacy to fighting censorship off campus.”
“Our defense of freedom of speech and inquiry on campus will remain core to what we do and will grow in the coming years. But we have come to realize that defending the First Amendment and a culture of free speech off-campus is essential to protecting those values on-campus, just as much as fighting for those values on-campus is essential for preserving them off-campus.”
“We need to remind older Americans that freedom of speech is still a value worth fighting for, and we need to teach younger Americans that everything from scientific progress, to artistic expression, to social justice, peace, and living authentic lives requires the staunch protection of freedom of speech for all.”