A few weeks ago, an assortment of white nationalists, neo-Confederates, and neo-Nazis gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia to protest the removal of former Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s statue. Their gathering was met by a wave of counter-protests denouncing that movement. The nation was shaken when one of the white nationalists drove his car in a crowd of counter-protestors, killing one and injuring many others.
Protests in Charlottesville, Baltimore, and Ferguson have prompted many questions about the right to protest in our country. What restrictions can governments place on assemblies? What responsibilities do governments have to protect protestors? How should we think about the right to protest in a free society?
Joining us to discuss these important questions and more are two leading scholars of the First Amendment.
John Inazu is the Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law & Religion at Washington University Law School. His research focuses on the First Amendment freedoms of speech, assembly, and religion, and related questions of legal and political theory.
Burt Neuborne is the Norman Dorsen Professor of Civil Liberties and founding Legal Director of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School. For more than 50 years, he has been one of the nation's foremost civil liberties lawyers and has argued numerous cases before the Supreme Court.
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