freedom of speech

"We stand for the JCC because the JCC is us and we are the JCC. This city will not tolerate hate. " ~ Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

In recent days, two separate bomb threats, both unfounded, have been called into the Albany Jewish Community Center. Activists and religious leaders, government officials, concerned citizens and neighbors gathered early Thursday evening on the grounds of the Whitehall Road facility in a show of solidarity.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Disdain for a Donald Trump presidency and the fear of the future it could bring brought a variety of activist groups together in Albany over the weekend. The "anti-KKK Presidency Rally" was held in Townsend Park.

  With his best seller The Working Poor, Pulitzer Prize winner and former New York Times veteran David Shipler cemented his place among our most trenchant social commentators. Now he turns his incisive reporting to a critical American ideal: freedom of speech.

Measured yet sweeping his new book, Freedom of Speech, brilliantly reveals the triumphs and challenges of defining and protecting the boundaries of free expression in modern America.

Herbert London: Self Censorship And The First Amendment

Jan 14, 2015

  Rising from the ugly portals of dictatorship and control, is the irrevocable value of open expression. Free speech, indeed the ability to make decisions for yourself, is a gift bequeathed to citizens residing with Western traditions. At times speech is hateful and tasteless – an unappetizing features of freedom. But this is a price willingly paid to assure free exchange.

Paul Elisha: Liberty and license in our democracy

Feb 26, 2013

With the aggressive and all-encompassing advent of computer-driven technology, to the seeming Nth degree, in American socio-economic activity, one wonders if reliable public enlightenment is still possible, via the welter of virtual warfare, between what was once the professional informational media establishment and the so-called ‘Social Media’ horde that now threatens to obliterate it?

For over a generation, shocking cases of censorship at America’s colleges and universities have taught students the wrong lessons about living in a free society.