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AFRAID TO PROTEST Today, 43% of Americans feel less secure about their freedom to protest than they did just two years ago.
FEAR LOSING THEIR JOB One-third of Americans say that they are personally worried about losing their jobs or missing out on career opportunities if they express their real political opinions.
Free expression and academic freedom are the fundamental building blocks of learning, debate, and discovery. These freedoms clear the way for students and scholars to engage with new ideas and with each other.
Protesting our government is a hallmark of America. Citizens have the right to peacefully and powerfully stand alongside others to express their beliefs.
People shouldn’t have to choose between speaking out and staying safe. Associational privacy makes it possible for people to join together and advocate for causes they believe in without being intimidated or threatened.
Technology has made it possible for people – more than any time in human history — to share knowledge, stand up for their beliefs, and build an audience for their viewpoints. Applying the principles of free speech to the digital world allows people to fully realize the benefits of online innovations.
Freedom of belief, conscience, and religious exercise are vital to people’s ability to live out their beliefs and society’s ability to grow and thrive.
Free speech goes beyond the First Amendment. Factors other than government censorship can silence people. Embracing civil debate make it possible to take on challenging discussions with courage and respect in order to overcome the challenges our country faces.
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