One hundred years ago, a watershed moment for free speech in our country occured. The popular socialist and frequent candidate for office Eugene Debs was put on trial in Cleveland, Ohio. His crime? While he was convicted under the Espionage Act, Debs’ crime was antiwar remarks made in Canton, Ohio.
The fact that they were introduced is troublesome and dangerous. It is through protest, an essential part of American life,that we are given the ability to speak out and challenge events and injustices. That power should be protected, not infringed upon, so that it can continue to shape and influence our American polity.
We at Defending Rights & Dissent believe in the tradition of popular constitutionalism, which looks to movements for defending, expanding, and enriching our democracy, for leadership in making our Constitution real. The promise of our Constitution is still powerful, but only if we seek to fulfil it.
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Americans turn to protest because it works. Whether fighting for civil rights, women’s suffrage, or to improve workplace conditions, America’s robust tradition of free speech and dissent offers a powerful retort to the forces trying to preserve the status quo.
Do you think it’s embarrassing that our country “allows” protests? As an organization that has defended the right to protest for nearly six decades we don’t think so. And I know you don’t think so either. But Donald Trump does.
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Reality Winner has received the longest sentence ever given in federal court for leaking information to the media. Winner is a whistleblower and this outrageous sentence, which the prosecution has boasted is meant to send a message to would be whistleblowers, is just the latest escalation in the US government’s war on whistleblowers.
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