Free Speech

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.


ACLU Statement on Committee’s Vote to Repeal San Diego’s ‘Seditious Language’ Ordinance

CONTACT: Ed Sifuentes, ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties, 619-501-3408, SAN DIEGO – Today, the City of San Diego’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee voted to... Read More


ACLU: CA Law Used to Cite Drivers Who Honk Their Horns During Protests is Unconstitutional

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 12, 2018 CONTACT: Edward Sifuentes (619) 501-3408 ACLU: CA Law Used to Cite Drivers Who Honk Their Horns During Protests is Unconstitutional Lawsuit... Read More


ACLU Condemns El Cajon’s ‘Food Sharing’ Ban and Subsequent Arrests During MLK Holiday Weekend

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 15, 2018 CONTACT: Edward Sifuentes 619-501-3408 SAN DIEGO — On Sunday, one day before the national holiday honoring the legacy of a man who believed... Read More


ACLU of California Statement: White Supremacist Violence is not Free Speech

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


ACLU: City of Vista Must Permit Peaceful Protests Outside Rep. Darrell Issa’s Office

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