"[Freedom of expression] is the matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every other form of freedom."
- Benjamin N. Cardozo, Supreme Court Justice
The First Amendment of the United States Consitution grants the right to freedom of speech, the right to freedom of the press, and the right to freedom of assembly and association. Collectively, these rights, along with a few others, are the foundation of each individual's broader right to express themselves.
Without this right, who knows what America would look like today. Unpopular or politically different speech would be at risk, artistic expression would be in danger of being curtailed, and civil society would likely be constrained.
Unfortunately, despite the clear significance of the right to freedom of expression, there have been many times in America's history where individuals have lost sight of its critical importance (e.g. McCarthyism). Going forward, the ACLU will continue to defend each individual's right to expression regardless of whether the content of their speech is something we agree with. If some reasonable expression is at risk, then all reasonable expression is at risk.
- Cook vs Haralson County School District
- Prison Legal News v. Chapman
- International Keystone Knights v GA
- Loyalty Oaths for Receipt of Public Funds
- Childs et al. v. DeKalb County et al.
- Grier v. DeKalb County et al.
- Smith v. Wal-Mart
- Maher et al. v. Avondale Estates
- Marks v. City of Jonesboro
- Tanner Advertising LLC v. Fayette County
- City of Statesboro v. Hood
- Berryhill v. GCSS
- Johnson v. Boggs et al.
- Welch v. Lord
- Atlanta Humane Society v. Harkins
- Bender v. City of Atlanta
- Lawson v. City of Rome
FREE EXPRESSION NEWS
- August 5th ACLU and the Art of Community
- March 27th UGA athlete policies address sex, appearance and cleanliness
- February 26th ACLU Sues Haralson County School District for Violating Free Speech Rights of Employee
- February 25th Another state considers discrimination based on ‘religious freedom’
- June 20th ACLU of Georgia Sends Letters to Sheriffs to Ask that they Respect Religious Liberty of Detained Individuals
- September 13th ACLU Foundation of Georgia Challenges Viewpoint Discrimination in Klan Suit
- July 12th ACLU of Georgia Discusses Recent Decision to Represent KKK