UPCOMING (June 17, 2021): Black to the Future: Policing and the First Amendment Speech regulation is traditionally presented as done at the level of legislatures, not street level bureaucrats. But as modern day movements like Black Lives Matter take the streets, police are the front line of First Amendment regulations. The future of policing is thus the future of the First Amendment. Join IfRFA in hearing from Prof. Etienne Toussaint on his work on “Blackness as fighting words” and how police violence against protesters renders free speech illusory, and then from Prof. Bennett Capers on an afrofuturist vision of policing, and with it, a more racially equitable environment for speech and protest. Register here: https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Vq_BcD8gQAC4Q5PA99y7rg
PAST (January 6, 2021): A More Representative First Amendment? Professors Khaled Beydoun and Justin Hansford joined IfRFA Director Kendra Albert for a discussion of the way in which First Amendment work could better engage with critical race theory. This event highlighted Professor Beydoun’s work on surveillance of Muslims, Justin Hansford’s work on the freedom of assembly as a racial project, as well as how the Initiative for a Representative First Amendment creates a space for these conversations (and more!).