Not Peace, but a Sword: Janus and the weaponizing of free speech

By Daniel J. Root The case and the controversy Last June, the Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31 overturned a forty-one-year-old precedent. At issue was whether public employees who are not union members can be required to pay union dues. Under Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, non-union members could be required to … Continue reading Not Peace, but a Sword: Janus and the weaponizing of free speech

“I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me”: Police Infiltration of Protests

~Photo by Niv Singer, (public domain - https://unsplash.com/photos/LkD_IH8_K8k) By: Wilson Greene             Director Spike Lee’s newest film, BlacKkKlansman, dramatizes the true story of how Ron Stallworth, the first African-American detective on the Colorado Springs Police Department, led a police infiltration of a local branch of the Ku Klux Klan. The operation was simple: Stallworth contacted … Continue reading “I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me”: Police Infiltration of Protests

“Silent Sam” and Freedom of Speech. An intersection of the “marketplace of ideas,” viewpoint discrimination, and government speech

By Robert Daniel   A. Tumbling Down Bronze meets the dirt. On August 20, 2018, protesters forced “Silent Sam” down to the ground. In 1913, the Daughters of the Confederacy erected the statue in memory of UNC students who fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War. Silent Sam has been a point of controversy … Continue reading “Silent Sam” and Freedom of Speech. An intersection of the “marketplace of ideas,” viewpoint discrimination, and government speech

Newsflash!!

Happy Monday Morning! Hope everyone is falling in love with this amazing fall weather! Here is your most recent First Amendment news to enjoy while sipping that pumpkin spice latte! Carolina Panthers Coach Ron Rivera defended the new player, Eric Reid’s decision to continue protesting by kneeling during the national anthem. Reid stated that “I believe … Continue reading Newsflash!!

A More Perfect Union? The Future of Public Unions in the Wake of Janus. By Brandon Mayes

The Supreme Court recently held in Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31that a state law requiring non-union workers to subsidize public union activities violates the free speech rights of non-members by forcing them to subsidize private speech regarding matters of public concern. Despite the obvious, this decision does not have to be a disaster for public … Continue reading A More Perfect Union? The Future of Public Unions in the Wake of Janus. By Brandon Mayes

Breaking Overnight News! Silent Sam Topples in the Wake of UNC Protesters

School is back in session, but not without controversy. As the 2017-2018 school year ended and summer began the protests surrounding the controversial Confederate monument, Silent Sam died down. Last night on the eve of the 2018-2019 school year Silent Sam came crashing down. Chancellor Carol L. Folt  released a statement that "Last night's actions were unlawful … Continue reading Breaking Overnight News! Silent Sam Topples in the Wake of UNC Protesters