Freedom of Speech and Association
The First Amendment protects our freedom to speak, assemble, and associate with others. These rights are essential to our democratic system of governance. The Supreme Court has written that freedom of expression is "the matrix, the indispensable condition of nearly every other form of freedom." Without it, other fundamental rights, like the right to vote, would cease to exist. Since its founding, the ACLU has advocated for broad protection of our First Amendment rights in times of war and peace, to ensure that the marketplace of ideas remains vigorous and unrestricted.
- July 11, 2019
Blades v. United States - Asserting Public Right of Access to Full Jury-Selection Proceedings in Criminal TrialsJuly 11, 2019
- July 4, 2019
Guffey v. Duff - Defending Political Speech and Association Rights of Administrative Employees of the Federal Court SystemMay 31, 2018
- October 17, 2017
In the Matter of the Search of Information Associated with Facebook Accounts disruptj20 [etc.] - Defending Political Activists’ Privacy in Their Facebook AccountsSeptember 28, 2017