Countdown Vol 17 No. 16: That Time of Year Again

Posted on March 08, 2018 in Countdown
Countdown Vol 17 No. 16: That Time of Year Again
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Instead of criminalising political speech, pass the NO HATE Act

Posted by Ryan J. Suto on January 10, 2018 in Blog

On 29 December the Jerusalem Post published an interview with the US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman. In that article, Friedman stated that reactions were "largely emotional" to the Trump administration's announcement of support to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

He went on to state: "We expected the reaction, although we were disappointed with some of the rhetoric, which was ugly, needlessly provocative and anti-Semitic [sic]". The anti-Semitism charge

Friedman does not elaborate how political disagreements with an international policy change constitute bigotry against Judaism as a religion or Jews as a people....

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Reality Check: The Truth Behind the anti-Semitism Awareness Act

Posted by Heba Mohammad on November 15, 2017 in Blog

Those who listened to last week’s House Judiciary hearing on “Examining Anti-Semitism on College Campuses” may have been left with the impression that protecting communities from bias or hate, while also respecting the right to free speech, is complicated. Reacting to this discord, Representative John Conyers Jr. (D-MI) used his opening statement to set a tone of conciliation by saying, “Equality and free speech are not, and must not, be pitted against each other as if they were opposing values.” This false conflict weighed heavily over the hearing because of the way the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act (AAA)...

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An Unlikely Face for The First Amendment: Juggalos & The Danger of Gang Designation

Posted by Guest on September 28, 2017 in Blog

By Sarah Seniuk Juggalos were a relatively unknown group of music fans until their march in DC on September 16 but now they are one of the most visual faces of the fight for first amendment rights. Juggalos are fans of the horror-core rap duo Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope who comprise Insane Clown Posse (ICP). Fans are known for their clown-style face paint and love of Faygo soda, but after the FBI’s 2011 “Gang Threat Assessment” report, Juggalos are now known for being gang members. That 2011 report listed Juggalos as a “loosely-organized hybrid...

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Urge the New York State Assembly to Protect Free Speech

Posted by Arab American Institute on March 09, 2017 in Blog

On March 8, 2017 the New York state Senate fast-tracked & passed three outrageous anti-BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction) bills. These bills are an unconstitutional attack on our First Amendment freedom of speech and will have damaging effects on our efforts to organize around justice for Palestine both in our communities and on college campuses.

The Supreme Court has ruled that participating in a boycott is political speech and is protected by the U.S. Constitution. Historically, boycotts have played a major role in U.S. history and the Supreme Court has defended that constitutional right.

Now that these three...

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