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NNA provides its members with content to reprint or post to websites.

This content includes columns by directors and NNA member newspapers, Freedom Forum Institute's First Amendment columns/ editorials (available weekly) and more. 

The First Amendment and our rights to speak, assemble and seek change

Jul 2, 2020

Through it all, the First Amendment both fuels those voices and protects those rights — at times in collaboration with other amendments in the Bill of Rights.  

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Masks protect protesters in more ways than you think

Jun 26, 2020

Lata Nott argues that masks, which protect the health of protestors during the COVID-19 pandemic, also safeguard privacy and anonymity – and therefore our First Amendment freedoms.

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The First Amendment, Black liberation and you

Jun 11, 2020

Everyone should acknowledge one important fact: we are all protected by the First Amendment because of the struggle for Black liberation.

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Targeting of journalists by police must end

Jun 4, 2020

There are now dozens of examples clearly showing police in cities throughout the U.S. aiming at, shooting, tear-gassing, pushing, hitting, shoving and arresting reporters who have clearly identified themselves ...

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Floyd protests powered by freedoms of assembly, petition

Jun 4, 2020

Gene Policinski talks about our two least-known freedoms, petition and assembly, and how they are powering a deep national conversation on how we should deal with racism, bigotry and criminal justice in ...

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Should courts decide who is a religious minister? Do they have a choice?

May 28, 2020

Benjamin Marcus discusses the question of whether or not the court should allow religious communities to self-designate ministers and if so, would that eviscerate non-discrimination protections. 

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In its first live-broadcast oral arguments, Supreme Court discusses several First Amendment issues

May 21, 2020

Lata Nott discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the court to shift to a remote teleconferencing format, opening up the court's inner workings to a larger audience allowing greater transparency ...

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What words make up a ‘true threat?’ Well, that depends

May 14, 2020

Gene Policinski discusses the meaning behind what makes up a “true threat” and how the COVID-19 crisis has impacted American’s First Amendment protection of speech.

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You might have the right to gather, but you can choose otherwise

May 7, 2020

Benjamin Marcus talks about the recent state stay-at-home order lifts and how they are impacting the COVID-19 case numbers. Citizens may be able to start gathering and exercising religious freedom rights, ...

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