First Amendment - "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."
Learn more about how Rhode Island's public universities threaten student speech:
The Following Hopkins Center Cases seek to vindicate First Amendment rights:
The Stephen Hopkin's Center for Civil Rights provides free and reduced cost legal representation to Rhode Islanders whose constitutional rights are violated by government. Because our resources are limited, we must carefully choose among meritorious cases that will create broadly applicable precedents, with a primary focus on the Rhode Island Constitution.
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cases against private parties
most cases involving financial claims against the government
fact-specific or factually complex cases that are not likely to produce broadly applicable precedents
cases involving governmental conspiracies
cases that are already in court
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