A Huge Cross Can Remain on Public Land in Maryland
The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the Bladensburg Cross, a World War I monument, has effectively become secular.
A Supreme Court Decision Could Have Implications for Social Media Free Speech
The court ruled that First Amendment protections don't apply to a corporation that operates a public access channel in New York.
Are Racist Yearbook Photos Protected Student Speech?
Decisions in Illinois and North Carolina to reprint yearbooks with white nationalist photos have prompted a First Amendment debate.
Maine Banned Native American Mascots in Public Schools
Efforts to get privately owned teams like the Redskins and the Cleveland Indians to drop offensive mascots may have stalled, but states can enact bans in the public sector.
What Does Julian Assange's Indictment Under the Espionage Act Mean for Journalism?
What goes for Assange may also go for any person who obtains or discloses classified information—even journalists.
The Trump Admin Won't Join an Initiative to Curb Social Media Extremism, Citing Free Speech
Experts say the initiative does not "have much teeth to it" but that it does not run contrary to the First Amendment.
San Francisco Police Raided a Freelance Journalist's Home. Was It Legal?
An expert on First Amendment rights weighs in on what happened to Bryan Carmody last Friday.
Punitive State Laws Are Outing Trans People With Felony Convictions
In Illinois and Wisconsin, laws restricting post-incarceration name changes are leaving trans people with government IDs that don't align with their gender identities.
Does the First Amendment Protect Vanity License Plates and Bumper Stickers?
Dave Assman's attempt to get his last name on a Canadian plate has thrust the question back into the United States spotlight.
Viewfinder: The 40-Foot Cross at the Heart of a Supreme Court Case Over Separation of Church and State
A 40-foot cross that honors fallen World War I soldiers stands at a busy intersection on February 28th, 2019, in Bladensburg, Maryland.
Iowa Just Struck Down Its Ag-Gag Law. Where Do These Laws Stand in the Rest of the Country?
Ag-gag laws effectively criminalized undercover investigations for three decades, but now, the courts are turning the tide in favor of animal rights activists.
A Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Activists Who Covertly Record Police Interactions
The ruling is an important step forward for the First Amendment's "right to record," which has become increasingly valuable at a time when images of police brutality often go viral.
Has the Trump Administration Changed the Way My Brain Works?
If I spend enough of my lived experience fighting my way out of lies, I might find myself too exhausted to receive the truth when I'm done.
A New National Park Service Proposal Could Restrict Protest in Washington, D.C.
The proposed changes could put a fee on protesting in the nation's capitol.
If You're Worried About Free Speech, Stand Up for Prisoners
The shuttering of a prison debate club shows the precarious nature of free-speech rights among American inmates.
Dispatches: Finding Equal Ground in Political Discourse
News and notes from Pacific Standard staff and contributors.
Is It Time to Rethink Campus Protest?
In a new era of protest and de-platforming, conservatives have defensively invested the First Amendment with a transcendent power and moral authority it does not warrant. What happens when equality and free speech are in direct opposition?
In the Fight for Free Speech, Sex Workers Have Been Left Behind
With SESTA, Congress gets it backwards: Speaking isn't dangerous for sex workers. Censorship is.
College Students Report Decreased Confidence in Free Speech Protections in a New Poll
Only 64 percent felt freedom of speech was secure in the U.S.