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ADVISORY: A Millionaires’ Amendment? The Roberts Court’s Approach to Free Speech

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Contact: Madeline Meth
Phone: 202.741.6277
Email: mmeth@americanprogress.org

Washington, D.C. — On Tuesday, May 13, please join the Center for American Progress for a panel on the Roberts Court’s approach to the First Amendment.

The First Amendment right to free speech sits at the core of American democracy. It guarantees that all Americans can speak openly about their government free from the concern that their voices will be silenced and confident that even the most unpopular views will not be suppressed.

However, under the leadership of Chief Justice John Roberts, the First Amendment has become something else entirely: a shield for billionaires seeking to place their favorite candidates in office; a weapon against laws protecting the privacy of consumers; and a potential tool to undermine workers’ rights to organize and collectively bargain. The amendment ratified to give every American a voice in our society has instead been wielded to magnify the power of the most fortunate.

WHO:

Introduction:
Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress

Keynote Address:
Lee Saunders, President, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees

Panelists:
Jedediah Purdy, Robinson O. Everett Professor of Law, Duke University
Elizabeth Wydra, Chief Counsel, Constitutional Accountability Center
Nicole G. Berner, Associate General Counsel, Service Employees International Union

Moderator:
Ian Millhiser, Senior Constitutional Policy Analyst, Center for American Progress

WHEN:
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
2:00 p.m. ET – 3:15 p.m. ET

WHERE:
Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005

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For more information, please contact Madeline Meth at mmeth@americanprogress.org.

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