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The right to express yourself regardless of the popularity your views is basic to a democratic society. Throughout its history, the ACLU has met challenges from officials who cite reasons old and new to restrict this right. We recognize that if one person can be silenced, all of us are at risk.
Know Your Rights: Street Speech.  Can I pass out flyers to crowds at a mall?  A farmers market? At a school or campus? Find out!
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ACLU-WA urges legislators:  Respect free speech rights on social media
After ACLU mation, Whatcom County prosecutor withdrew a search warrant for protest group's Facebook page


Washington Court of Appeals has struck down Washington's criminal libel statutes as unconstitutional
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