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Free speech is simply the ability to say, write, or otherwise express what you believe without fear of punishment or retaliation from the government. This freedom is protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which states that “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech.”

But in today’s America, our tradition of upholding free speech and encouraging a free marketplace of ideas is in crisis. We see it in aggressive attempts by some government officials, activist groups, and radicalized individuals to control the words you speak. We see it in campus speech policing, social media mobs, and cancel culture.

Make no mistake—the First Amendment protects the speech rights of all people. If America is going to remain a diverse and tolerant society, we must act now to protect free speech—before things get even worse.

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