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He also asked for an analysis of First Amendment rights regarding speech and assembly, as well as the legal fallout seen when gun shows have been ... surges of protest have followed mass shootings—for example, in 1999 after Columbine and in 2013 after Sandy Hook—but activists were never able to ...
Along with their self-styled 'assault weapons' ban, the anti-gun activist crowd is bringing back a few tired myths in hopes of gaining support from gun control fence-sitters. The worst in my opinion is the musket myth. The musket myth is one of the most disingenuous arguments used by anti-gun activists and ...

Few tenets are as historically ingrained in American society as the First Amendment, but as the US struggles to find the limits and scope of its free speech, ... Activist groups have estimated that up to 30,000 dissenters may have been imprisoned for “political purposes” in the country, while others have been ...
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Immigrant rights activists protested outside a Department of Homeland Security office in downtown Grand Rapids Wednesday afternoon. ... When they demonstrate, she said, they are exercising their First Amendment rights and following a long history of protest for rights in this country.
... of politics? Activists meet in Clayton on how to try ... “We need to rescue the First Amendment and protect free speech for all Americans.” ... Stuart Shadwell, who was in the audience for the Clayton town hall, said he considers himself a “First Amendment absolutist” and would support a 28th Amendment.
Harrisburg resident Charles Lanza conducts "First Amendment audits" - videos taken by a loosely organized group of civil rights activists who claim there is a Constitutional right to film inside public buildings. The activists are frequently involved in verbal confrontations with public officials, and experts ...

But Robertson does think that's as far as Vermont needs to go. So when he saw a New York Times article quoting a young Vermont gun control activist saying the bills passed by the Legislature were "a good first start," he decided to exercise his First Amendment for the Second Amendment. “We felt that our ...
OLMOS PARK, Texas - A second amendment advocate is suing an Olmos Park police officer after she claims he restricted her first amendment rights. In the lawsuit she claims she was shoved, her phone and camera knocked out of her hands while she was recording an arrest. And she has it on video. Joanna Castro is ...
In a bid to stifle the backlash against its harsh enforcement policies, federal agents are now targeting high-profile immigration activists in addition to the immigrants themselves. This is an affront to the First Amendment; by targeting lawful citizens for speaking out, the administration shows that in its zeal to ...
"This issue has been percolating for awhile," said Tinker, who now speaks to students about the First Amendment and visited Marjory Stoneman Douglas in 2013 as part of a tour of schools. "It really started with Black Lives Matter and it's just the mistreatment of young people has gotten to the breaking point.
Called March for Our Lives, the main event there started at noon, featuring some of the most prominent student activists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas ... On Saturday, the White House said in a statement, “We applaud the many courageous young Americans exercising their First Amendment rights today.
“We applaud the many courageous young Americans exercising their First Amendment rights today,” White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters said ... The White House issued the statement as hundreds of thousands of young people and gun control activists flooded Washington, D.C., and cities ...
This was done using the activists' social media accounts even for events expected to be non-violent and peaceful. The DHS provides surveillance to local government decision-makers. The DHS' actions are an example of intimidation of an exercise of First Amendment rights. Additionally, Black Lives Matter ...
Now seems like a perfect time for opponents to rally around unfettered debate and the First Amendment, suggests Tuccille. Instead, lefty academics and activists are lining up to agree with Trump that a free press and individual rights to freedom of speech, belief, and association are indeed overrated overall.
Another set of DHS and FBI documents revealed in November 2017 show how federal agencies characterized Black protestors as “Black Supremacist Extremists” and portrayed protected First Amendment protest activity as violence-inciting as a justification to surveil activists. The documents were in stark ...
The newly released documents suggest the FBI put resources toward running informants, as well as physical surveillance of antiracist activists. ... “The FBI does not engage in surveillance of individuals exercising their First Amendment rights,” said Rebecca Wu, a public affairs officer with the FBI in St. Louis ...
Two of the undocumented activists who have been arrested and put in deportation proceedings have filed First Amendment lawsuits claiming their free speech ... on the U.S. government "to guarantee that no action, including detention and deportation, as a means of retaliation, is taken against" the activist.

A decision by Columbus police to arrest the three activists and a fourth person who joined them, who has yet to go on trial, created an uproar among many in the local LGBT community, who denounced the police action for violating the four activists' First Amendment right to protest peacefully. The arrested ...
Some schools are threatening to punish these young activists. But others are trying to work with them. As one ... Des Moines Independent Community School District that public high school students do have First Amendment speech rights while on campus. Those rights are limited, however. Specifically, the ...
... School in Parkland, Florida, while also advocating for stronger gun laws. At some schools, teachers and faculty members discouraged protestors and threatened punishment. But at Mundy's Mill, the staff was more than encouraging, and gave the students the tools to exercise their First Amendment rights.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A makeshift memorial made up of 7,000 pairs of shoes took shape on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, as gun control activists dramatized the number of children killed in the United States by gunfire since the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre. The shoe demonstration ...
The plaintiff in this case is asserting a First Amendment right not to be compelled to support unions, even when that “support” is limited to payment for services from which he benefits. The op-ed to which I link focuses on the unintended consequences of his likely victory–consequences that would give pause ...
Tinker established that, as Justice Abe Fortas wrote in the decision, students do not “shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate,” fortifying students' First Amendment rights in a public-school setting. Notably, the ACLU represented the students involved in ...
Mary Beth Tinker spoke in the Wildcat Chamber on Feb. 24 on the constitutional rights of students and young people. Tinker is an American free speech activist known for her role in the 1969 Tinker v. Des Moines Supreme Court case, which ruled that Warren Harding Junior High School could not punish ...
With his attorney, Alina Das of the NYU Immigrant Defense Initiative, Ragbir has filed a First Amendment lawsuit against the federal government alleging that ICE targets immigrants for deportation because ... “The retaliation against activists, not just Ravi, by ICE — there's a lot of people at stake in that case,” Trivedi said.
In the next few weeks, the Supreme Court will hear arguments and reach conclusions on a series of important First Amendment cases which, at first glance, ... to be very reluctant to enforce the First Amendment, accusing the liberals of being activists on that constitutional provision and others," Smith writes.
A lawsuit brought by immigrant rights groups and filed in the federal district court in the Southern District of New York further alleges Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is targeting immigrant rights activists with repression. Immigrant rights activist Ravi Ragbir, who recently had his deportation ...
Immigrant rights activist Ravi Ragbir, with the backing of several pro-immigration rights groups, is suing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement in a New York federal district court. He's claiming that ICE violated his First Amendment rights by detaining him based only on his vocal activism. Why it matters: There's expected ...
A number of cases across the country have immigrant activists crying foul and claiming their First Amendment rights are being violated. NPR's John Burnett joins us now ... She turned into a well-known activist in the Northwest, speaking out against ICE's detention policies. In December, though, she had ...
The first claims the Iowa law “is (a) content and viewpoint-based restriction of (the Plaintiff's) speech in violation of the First Amendment,” and the second says the statute “is unconstitutionally overboard in violations of the First Amendment.” The split decision over what parts of the complaint can and cannot ...
Local activists long have challenged the city on its ordinance and applauded Thursday's action from the council chambers. A key point of contention has been the cost associated with what the city calls “First Amendment” processions — the constitutional freedom to assemble in public. Assessing fees for ...
23, Rutgers University officials brought in Dolores Huerta, a civil rights activists of nearly half a century, to delve into how the university can move forward with that effort, whether through ... In terms of bias and hate incidents, the university's stance has been that they're protected by the First Amendment.
Campus political protests, while often overblown and even egged on by conservative provocateurs, have raised legitimate First Amendment concerns. “Anti-fa” activists have resorted to violence. President Barack Obama kept a tight rein on information, was not transparent, and aggressively prosecuted ...
Boulder's city attorney has asked a judge to dismiss the charges against an anti-fracking activist ticketed for projecting a skull and crossbones onto the ... "Although it was clear to the judge that the city's ticket did not violate the First Amendment, we recognize that these lawful limits on free speech are not ...
The sheriff's department should create policy and procedures that “provide guidance for the physical separation of opposing groups at protest/demonstration events without violating the First Amendment rights of attendees,” the review board recommended this month. Gore should also “provide expectations ...
The administration pointed out that banning a public forum because of objections to the speech expressed there would be an affront to free speech, which the University of Mary Washington, a public institution, is obliged by the First Amendment to protect. The activists were displeased and, backed by the ...
SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – The city of Berkeley can't dodge claims it tried to stifle homeless activists' First Amendment rights by repeatedly evicting them from makeshift tent camps, a federal judge ruled Friday. Founded in 2015, a group called First They Came for the Homeless organized multiple drug-free ...
In a surprising twists some Civil right activists are calling on the University of Alabama to reverse their decision to expel Harley Barber, the former student whose ... The letter also addressed the First Amendment, saying that it was dangerous to silence speech even if it is not something that you agree with.
“Anyone who wants to try to intimidate someone can send a cease and desist letter. Whether that letter is worth the paper its written on is another story,” he told Salon. “Unless the profanities are a direct and imminent threat to the lawmaker, they are almost certainly protected by the First Amendment.”.
The group of activists: Nikki Bruni of Verona, Julie Consentino of Bridgeville, Cynthia Rinaldi of Coraopolis, Kathleen Laslow of Pittsburgh and Patrick Malley of Trafford contends the ordinance violates their First Amendment rights to counsel women seeking abortions. They've appealed to the 3rd U.S. ...
Homeless activists say El Cajon law is unconstitutional ... Councilman Bob McClellan said the city has published a list of churches where people can get food and where activists can help serve food, in an ... “And on top of that, it abridges the First Amendment rights of the people who want to feed them.”.
New anti-fracking group buds in Lafayette, adding to list of local activists .... He said having a pending First Amendment case has brought positive attention to the group. "We're hoping that the outcome will be that local communities will have the right to say no to heavy industry like oil and gas fracking in our ...
The Justice Department Helped a County Prosecutor Target the Facebook Records of Anti-Pipeline Activists ... protesters who allege they are being targeted for protected First Amendment activity: On the other side of the country, the DOJ is pursuing decades of prison time for protesters, journalists, medics, ...
AMHERST -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst is proud of its tradition of activism and supportive of students' First Amendment rights, a spokesman said in response to a federal lawsuit filed by student activists earlier this week assailing the university's free speech policies. The Amherst chapter of the ...
As soon as that individual was determined to be anything other than an innocent picture-taker, and a clear abuser of First Amendment rights, this reader believes the officer had clear probable cause to investigate further. That The Desert Sun gives a front-page platform for this activist is saddening; clearly ...
"Defendants violated plaintiffs' First Amendment rights because defendants engaged in viewpoint discrimination and did not argue that their administration of the trademark licensing program was narrowly tailored to satisfy a compelling governmental interest." Under a settlement agreement approved on ...
In 2015, Twitter permanently banned alt-right troll Chuck Johnson, after he tweeted that he wanted to "take out" civil rights activist DeRay McKesson. ... But when First Amendment activists question the steps platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube have taken to police user behavior, they often elide ...
... anti-GMO activists who claim state officials violated their First Amendment rights. The lawsuit was filed against the World Food Prize and state officials last year in light of limits Iowa placed upon demonstrators at an annual awards ceremony held at the Capitol. Frank Cordaro, a peace activist and founder ...
He has claimed Muslim student organizations on college campuses only exist to “recruit jihadis” and that mosques in America “do not have a First Amendment right to do anything.” Last year, court documents came to light, first reported by the Center for New Community, revealing Hennepin County, ...
A Nevada civil rights activist says he was illegally arrested last week by the Lyon County Sheriff's Office after what he calls a "first amendment audit." Anthony Passalacqua was arrested outside the Lyon County Utilities Office in Dayton, Nevada around 2 p.m. January 2. Passalacqua said he was conducting what he called a ...


 

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