“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
Joshua Laske, a graduate student studying veterinary medicine at Michigan State University, said that having a safe space growing up would have helped him feel comfortable with his sexuality earlier in his life. There is a debate on American college campuses about the necessity and constitutionality of safe spaces for students. A safe space is a place where people can go where they will not be harassed by others.
In December, a student group at Grand Valley State University criticized the university’s Free Speech Zone Policy in a federal lawsuit for limiting free-speech activities to “two small speech zones” on campus and asking students to seek permission to express themselves. In March, GVSU reached a settlement with the student group by agreeing to pay the legal fees and costs of the group totaling $11,025.
New York retailers used the First Amendment to challenge credit card company regulations that stores may not tell shoppers when fees are added to the price of purchases made on credit-card buys. The fees cost billions of dollars a year.
Protest is boiling on college campuses and each seems to have its go-to spot for exercising those First Amendment rights of speech, assembly and petition. At Michigan State University, that place is The Rock on Bogue Street next to the Red Cedar River.
In honor of National Women’s Month in March, an active petition has been signed and shared in search of a home for a museum dedicated to women’s history at the National Mall. National Women’s History Director and CEO Joan Wages issued a statement Monday regarding a step forward for a public-private partnership with Smithsonian. Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Ed Royce (R-CA) introduced bill H.R. 19 to the House of Representatives on March 30, Wages said the bill was named after the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. The National Women’s History team said this is a huge success, however, the bill may change throughout legislature. “It is very important to show people all of the amazing things women have done throughout history.” said Diana Morce, who minors in women and gender studies at MSU.
Amazon is using the First Amendment to argue that its customers’ commands to Echo devices should remain private. The company hopes to stop law enforcement from using the recordings in criminal investigations.