We have take our free speech fight against Washington D.C. Transit to the Supreme Court. My organization, AFDI filed a lawsuit against the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority for violation of our First Amendment rights by refusing to display our free speech ads. In what could only called an end-run around the First Amendment, the Washington Transit Authority banned “political ads” after AFDI submitted our free speech campaign. No contemporary medium of communication may pass the test of being merely commercial and non-political. The New York Times runs an editorial page every day — not to mention the slant of their “straight news” — and therefore, if they can advertise, so can the Village Voice, the Socialist Militant, and Dabiq (ISIS’ four-color magazine), for that matter.
We salute our legal team of avid Yerushalmi and Robert Muise of the American Freedom law Center for their trailblazing work in the cause of the freedom of speech.
In the Supreme Court of the United States AMERICAN FREEDOM DEFENSE INITIATIVE, et al., v. Petitioners, WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA TRANSIT AUTHORITY (WMATA)
The D.C. Circuit’s opinion conflicts with this Court’s precedent on an issue of exceptional importance: the freedom to express a viewpoint free from government censorship. Additionally, there is conflict in the United States courts of appeals regarding the application of the First Amendment to the display of public-issue advertisements on government transit authority property. This Court’s review is warranted. 1. Is the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s advertising space a public forum for Petitioner’s “Support Free Speech” ads such that Respondents’ rejection of the ads violates the First Amendment? 2. Regardless of the forum question, is Respondents’ rejection of Petitioners’ “Support Free Speech” ads unreasonable and viewpoint based in violation of the First Amendment?
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