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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!


Thursday, April 12, 2018
Civil liberties highlights from the 2018 Washington State Legislative Session
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Washington Law Protects Against Suspensions for Walkouts
News Release, Published: 
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
The ACLU of Washington is urging state legislators to respect the free speech rights of constituents on legislators’ social media pages.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Protest—and engagement in vigorous political debate—lies at the core of our democracy.  But incitement to violence, and actual participation in violence, has no place in the First Amendment. Cities and their police departments have a duty to protect all residents from physical violence while accommodating the rights of all people who seek to protest. Here are some questions and answers about First Amendment, free speech, and protest rights.