There is a point, and it is reached more easily than is supposed, where interference with freedom of the arts and literature becomes an attack on the life of society.
— Rebecca West

About Us

Mission

Free Speech Nation is dedicated to restoring the free speech rights of teachers and all government workers who have been silenced due to unconstitutional decisions handed down by the courts in recent years. The First Amendment of Constitution of the United States could not be stated more clearly: . . . make no law. . . abridging freedom of speech. During the Bush administration more than 20 million government workers have lost their First Amendment right of speech due to unconstitutional decisions made by ultraconservative, right-wing judges who have ignored that law. In July 2006, the Supreme Court of the United States narrowed the free speech rights of government workers to the point of extinction. In Garcetti v. Ceballos, the high court ruled:

When public employees make statements pursuant to their official duties, they are not speaking as citizens for First Amendment purposes, and the Constitution does not insulate their communications from employer discipline.

The shorthand of this ruling is to say that government workers have no first amendment rights at work. The effect of this decision is to abolish government workers' free speech rights during their waking hours. If we extrapolate on that just a bit, we could say that government workers have free speech rights while they sleep or in their dreams. This ruling is unconstitutional and an affront to the good intentions of our founding fathers who did not include this right in the body of the Constitution because they thought it so inherently obvious that they did not need to write it down. In deciding Garcetti, the justices made one exception -- for educators.

“My speech is not for sale at any price.”
— Deb Mayer

In October 2007, the Supreme Court of the United States declined to hear Mayer v. Monroe County Community School Corporation thus affirming an appelllate court ruling stating that teachers have no free speech rights at school. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled:

. . . the "school system does not 'regulate' teachers' speech as much as it hires that speech." AND, a teacher's speech is "the commodity she sells to an employer in exchange for her salary."

The court applied the Garcetti decision to squelch teachers' rights.

Because I decided to stand up for my right of free speech and failed, the inalienable right of millions of teachers has been pronounced a commodity. . . speech for sale. Teachers can be fired for anything they say if it does not please the government.

Since the courts have effectively broken our precious law and refused to do their duty, Free Speech Nation will seek the power of our legislative and executive branches of government to restore the rights promised to us by the Constitution of the United States.