Hallmark of a democratic society
Protecting (even obnoxious) speech from government suppression.
“Freedom of expression is the matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every other form of freedom.” —U.S. Supreme Court Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo in Palko v. Connecticut
Protecting free speech means protecting a free press, the democratic process, diversity of thought, and so much more. The ACLU has worked since 1920 to ensure that freedom of speech is protected for everyone.
The First Amendment exists precisely to protect the most offensive and controversial speech from government suppression.
Our country’s greatest strengths are the diversity of its people and the principles of equal dignity and inclusion that unite us all. There are troubling events planned in our state in the coming weeks. This... Read More
SAN DIEGO – The ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties sent a letter today asking the City of Vista to remove unconstitutional conditions on peaceful protests outside Rep. Darrell Issa’s office. For months, people... Read More
SAN DIEGO – More than five thousand people from throughout the region are expected to participate in the San Diego Women’s March this Saturday, January 21. A contingent of two hundred activists from the San Diego... Read More
San Diego ACLU Seeks Answers Related to Arrests at a Peaceful Vigil at Site of Alfred Olango Killing
SAN DIEGO – In response to a video post by a community member at what appears to be a peaceful vigil at the site of the killing of Alfred Olango, the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties sent a letter... Read More