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Shut Up and Do Your Job!(?)

The new NFL rule on kneeling allows players to protest the national anthem… just not on the field. They can remain in the locker room for the song, but if players insist (per owners’ rules) on taking a knee during the national anthem, their team will be fined. On the surface this might seem […]

By |June 6th, 2018|FAN-Fair|0 Comments

Does The First Amendment Apply to Hate Speech?

Last June the Supreme Court’s unanimous answer was NO. A band named “The Slants” was denied government trademarking because the name could be seen as demeaning to Asian Americans. They felt trademark denial based on their name violated their First Amendment right to freedom of speech. The Supreme Court ruled that viewpoint discrimination – […]

By |May 24th, 2018|FAN-Fair|0 Comments

Is The First Amendment Wearable?

The Supreme Court is currently hearing a case from Minnesota man Andrew Cilek. Cilek was temporarily prevented from voting in 2010 because his “Please I.D. Me” pin – as well as his shirt and other buttons – violated the state’s policy, which forbids political wear from polling places. This is touted as an effort […]

By |May 7th, 2018|FAN-Fair|1 Comment

First Amendment Focus: April Ryan Set to Speak at Malcolm X Saturday April 14th

April Ryan has been a White House correspondent for the past 21 years and continues to fight for transparency from the Trump Administration. She shook her head at Sean Spicer when he refused to give a clear answer about Russia and at his insinuation that she was pushing her own agenda rather than reporting […]

By |April 10th, 2018|FAN-Fair|0 Comments

Freedom of the Press: A Necessity in Trump’s America

Under the Trump administration, hostility towards journalists and the media in America is at an all-time high. Up to this point, accusations of fake news and bias have mostly rolled off the backs of seasoned journalists, but these attacks have become physical with more serious implications. Violence has become an accepted response to questions […]

By |July 2nd, 2017|FAN-Fair|3 Comments

“New Voices” Signed to Protect Student Rights

Nationwide “March For Truth” protests were coordinated across dozens of cities this past Saturday (June 3). The protests were “calling for an impartial investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election,” according to CNN.  This demand for transparency reminds us that there is power in demonstrations that exercise freedoms of speech and […]

By |June 8th, 2017|FAN-Fair|1 Comment

A Student’s Right to Protest: Hazelwood High

A recent, controversial series of punishments issued to students of Hazelwood West High School in Hazelwood Missouri, warrants a discussion of First Amendment Rights in an institutional setting.

Over 200 students participated in a walk-out on Monday, May 15 to support teachers after union contract negotiations were rejected by the Hazelwood School District Board of […]

By |May 25th, 2017|FAN-Fair|1 Comment

Accessing Information in Illinois: FOIA, Open Meetings Laws and Other Resources

What the public wants to know, power often prefers to keep secret. Particularly in this media-hostile climate, it is more important than ever to know how to access information and what rights you have as a member of the press or public. The law, after all, favors transparency and public participation – if you […]

By |March 27th, 2017|FAN-Fair|0 Comments

Marcel . . . Burn It Down

Wow: Election 2016.

And we’re back on flag burning.

I am fascinated and disturbed that this debate still rages because it exposes a particular rot at the core of our country – one that I fear threatens to undo us.

So I’m going to ditch my usual constitutional backdrop and get straight to the point on this […]

By |November 30th, 2016|FAN-Fair|2 Comments

Fun First Amendment Facts You May Not Know

The First Amendment has had a nice showing in the current election cycle. Almost every day there’s a new debate about whether the flood of threats, misstatements and accusations being bandied about are entitled to protection. So instead of covering all of that here, I say we use the opportunity to take a look […]

By |October 30th, 2016|FAN-Fair|0 Comments