Occupy Movement

Inspired by the Arab Spring, the Occupy movement began as a group of a few hundred protesters occupying a park right off of Wall Street in New York City's financial district in September 2011 to protest what they call a greedy and unjust financial system. The national ACLU and ACLU affiliates nationwide have been monitoring Occupy protests across the country to ensure protestors' free speech rights are protected. Learn more about what the ACLU is doing in your state to support protestors' rights >>

A Win for Freedom of Speech and Occupy Nashville

By Hedy Weinberg, ACLU of Tennessee at 5:33pm
Yesterday the ACLU of Tennessee filed a federal lawsuit to protect the First Amendment rights of Occupy Nashville protesters. By late afternoon, a judge ordered the state to stop enforcing rules that violated the demonstrators’ freedom of speech and assembly.

Oakland Police Raid on Occupy Oakland Raises Serious Questions

By Linda Lye, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California at 3:35pm

Picture this. In response to a peaceful anti-war protest, the Oakland Police Department uses large wooden bullets, sting ball grenades and shot-filled bean bags, as a result of which at least 58 protesters are injured. That was 2003, and unfortunately…

Tell Everyone: Dissent Is Patriotic

Tell Everyone: Dissent Is Patriotic

By Ateqah Khaki at 1:16pm

The First Amendment guarantees what some might consider the most fundamental freedoms that define our nation.

The ongoing Occupy Wall Street protest is spreading from the streets of New York to cities and towns all across America, and…

Protecting Protest at Occupy Wall Street

Protecting Protest at Occupy Wall Street

By Donna Lieberman, New York Civil Liberties Union at 12:09pm

As the Occupy Wall Street movement gains steam, the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is standing beside the demonstrators and defending their right to speak their minds.

Teams of NYCLU staff and volunteers regularly visit the movement's…

NYCLU on the Scene at Wall Street Protests

By Jennifer Carnig, New York Civil Liberties Union at 5:49pm

Inspired by the Arab Spring, a group of a few hundred protesters have occupied a park right off of Wall Street for more than a week, seeking attention for what they call a greedy and unjust financial system.  The staff of the New York Civil…

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