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The right to express yourself regardless of the popularity your views is basic to a democratic society. Throughout its history, the ACLU has met challenges from officials who cite reasons old and new to restrict this right. We recognize that if one person can be silenced, all of us are at risk.
Know Your Rights: Street Speech.  Can I pass out flyers to crowds at a mall?  A farmers market? At a school or campus? Find out!
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PSA to student protesters: You have rights!
After ACLU mation, Whatcom County prosecutor withdrew a search warrant for protest group's Facebook page

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Published: 
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
As communities across the nation struggle with housing affordability crises, wage stagnation, and a shredded social safety net, all too often they have adopted panhandling ordinances that are unconstitutional and counterproductive.
News Release, Published: 
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
No American should be subject to racial threats and violence for expressing their political views.  It is especially harmful to democracy when an elected official is attacked for his public policy positions.  We applaud Mayor Matta for standing up to these racist acts.  And we applaud Mayor Matta for his support of sanctuary cities and of our immigrant communities.

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