first amendment

June 2019

CLDC Files Motion Challenging Constitutionality of Free Speech Plaza Curfew

By |2019-06-27T16:39:45-07:00June 27th, 2019|Categories: Cases, Current Cases, News, Protest|Tags: , , |

Above: 2013 Monsanto protest in Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza

“The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to
protect its free expression should be our first object.”

– Thomas Jefferson

(inscribed at Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza)

Last Friday the Civil Liberties Defense Center filed a motion challenging […]

January 2019

“Weed Nazi” Denied Access to Anonymous Antifascist Website

By |2019-05-16T18:19:18-07:00January 28th, 2019|Categories: Current Cases, News|Tags: , , , |

Update January 28th, 2019

“Weed Nazi” voluntarily dismisses lawsuit against anonymous antifascists.

Bethany Sherman voluntarily dismissed her frivolous lawsuit against anonymous antifascists that exposed her and her boyfriend’s ties to neo-Nazi/white-supremacism. The dismissal is “without prejudice,” meaning that Sherman could try to sue again. The San Francisco Superior Court entered the dismissal […]

April 2018

Chilling of Protestor Freedom in Iowa

By |2019-05-16T18:18:32-07:00April 19th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

SF 2235, An Act Relating to Criminal Acts Committed On or Against Critical Infrastructure and Providing Penalties: A chilling of protestor freedom in Iowa. This bill has passed both houses of the Iowa Legislature and is pending Gubernatorial approval. The original version of the bill passed the Senate and was sent to the House, where it was expanded and reintroduced for Senate approval. The Senate ultimately voted to pass the bill 35-13.

July 2017

CLDC victory for wildlife activists

By |2019-05-16T18:18:59-07:00July 25th, 2017|Categories: Cases, Former Cases, News|Tags: , , , |

Appeals court backs wildlife activist in free speech case

By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press

A federal appeals court on Monday ruled in favor of a wildlife activist who said his free speech rights were violated when a sheriff’s deputy barred […]

December 2015

Fighting corporate SLAPPs, from the streets to the courtroom

By |2019-05-16T18:18:34-07:00December 17th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Current Cases|Tags: , , , |

It’s been several months since a Washington State District Court granted four anti-harassment orders against me from Chris Toher, Lew Guerrette, Dave Harrison, and James McReynolds. Now we are finally approaching the culmination of the appeal of those orders, and I am represented by the Executive Director of the Civil Liberties Defense Center and the President of the Seattle Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild as we fight back against the attempt at corporate repression.

November 2015

October 2015

Federal appeals court allows lawsuit against NYPD for Muslim spying

By |2015-10-21T10:41:41-07:00October 21st, 2015|Categories: Articles, News|Tags: , , |

Last week, in Hassan v. New York, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court and held that a lawsuit may move forward against the NYPD for spying on Muslims. The plaintiffs filed the lawsuit against the NYPD for discriminating against them as Muslims.

September 2015

Federal court affirms constitutional right to criticize police

By |2017-08-18T12:57:57-07:00September 23rd, 2015|Categories: Articles, Info|Tags: |

Last week, a federal court in New York affirmed the First Amendment right to criticize police using profane language. In the case, Barboza v. D’Agata, the federal court in the Southern District of New York addressed a case in which an individual received a speeding ticket in the town of Liberty, New York. He agreed to pay the ticket by mail, but first decided to make his feelings clear by crossing out the town’s name “Liberty” and writing “Tyranny” on the ticket, and then writing, in all capital letters, “FUCK YOUR SHITTY TOWN BITCHES.” He then sent in his payment with this special personalized message.

July 2015

City Dismisses Charges Against SLEEPS Activist

By |2017-08-18T12:57:58-07:00July 29th, 2015|Categories: Former Cases, News|Tags: , , , |

EUGENE, OR: On Friday July 24, 2015, the Assistant City Attorney of Eugene dismissed a criminal case that he filed and prosecuted against Hedin Brugh, a long-time SLEEPS activist who advocated for unhoused people.

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