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A New Guide to the First Amendment for Scientists



A New Guide to the First Amendment for Scientists
Posted on 18 May 2021 by Guest Author

This is a re-post from the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund

Today we published A Pocket Guide for Scientists: The First Amendment to help scientists understand how this amendment protects their free speech rights.

We wrote this guide so scientists can make informed decisions about how to safely and effectively participate in advocacy and activism.

The First Amendment protects scientists who engage in the political process and express their views in various ways, even if they work for a federal, state, or local government entity. But the location, nature, and subject of a scientist’s speech, and who they’re employed by can have implications for how the First Amendment protects a scientist against government action resulting from their activities.

Scientists are also citizens who increasingly speak out on issues involving their areas of expertise.


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