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The First Amendment guarantees our freedoms of speech and association, which allow us to learn new ideas, share knowledge, and join with others in speaking out against government that threatens our liberty. Although often overlooked, state constitutions also protect speech⎯and they do so more broadly than the U.S. Constitution. Today, free speech is under attack as speakers are silenced on college campuses, as government threatens the privacy of donors to non-profit organizations, and as Americans are compelled to speak against their will in order to practice their professions. The Goldwater Institute is taking action all across the country, wherever the front in this war against the First Amendment is being waged, by establishing new legal protections for free speech and vindicating existing rights in court.

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Restoring free speech on campus

Surveys show that student support for restrictive speech codes and speaker bans is at historic heights. Violent protests have shut down speakers on campuses across the country, and administrators are refusing to protect speakers’ and students’ First Amendment rights. Our nation’s precious tradition of freedom of speech is increasingly imperiled in universities and in society at large. Read about Goldwater’s plan to restore free speech on campus.

Protecting Donor Privacy

Nonprofit groups have the right to advocate for issues that are important to them without risking the privacy of their donors. But state and local governments – such as Santa Fe, Denver, and Tempe, Arizona – are increasingly forcing these groups to turn their donor lists over to the government whenever they communicate with voters about local ballot initiatives. Read about Goldwater’s work to defend donor privacy.

Preventing Compelled Speech

Government is increasingly violating the critical democratic right to speak out on political matters, by forcing people to engage in speech against their will. We’re in court in states across the country to fight back against laws that force people to contribute to political groups they disagree with. Read more about our work.

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