The Frederick Douglass Foundation v. District of Columbia
Court: Appellate Court
Last Updated: 4/18/2022
The Frederick Douglass Foundation and Students for Life of America filed a lawsuit against Washington, D.C. after city officials refused to grant permission for the two advocacy groups to paint a pro-life message on a city street shortly after city officials allowed the painting of other messages on a different street. When members of the pro-life groups began to chalk temporary messages on a sidewalk, police arrested them.
In telling some groups that they can express their message publicly and other groups that they can’t, Washington, D.C. is effectively deciding which ideas they want to win and which ones they want to lose.