Freedom of speech is protected in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights and is guaranteed to all Americans. Since 1920, the ACLU has worked to preserve our freedom of speech. The ACLU of Mississippi was founded partly in response to our state's persecution of Civil Rights activists who were using their freedom of speech to speak out against injustice through protests, community meetings and the distribution of informational materials.
Today, the ACLU of Mississippi is still vigilant in the fight for protecting freedom of speech and the press. Our staff and members serve as legal observers at public demonstrations, observing police, documenting and challenging any efforts to supress citizens' Constitutionally protected speech. We organize in communities to teach people about the First Amendment. And our legal team maintains an active docket that often includes men and women who have ben targetted by Mississippi government for exercising their First Amendment right to speech and the press.
The ACLU of Mississippi understands that freedom of speech and freedom of press are cornerstones of a free society. We are proud to be on the forefront of the fight to ensure that these freedoms are enjoyed and protected by all citizens.