Stand up for free speech. Reject cancel culture.
Make Your Voice Heard
Our freedom of speech is under attack. Join our community of supporters, and pledge to protect free speech and reject cancel culture.
Sign the Pledge
I/We pledge to defend the right of all Americans to say what they think and to protest peacefully. I/We believe free speech is a fundamental right of all Americans. I/We believe that platforms and services should apply their rules consistently, irrespective of the speaker’s viewpoint or beliefs. And I/We believe our elected officials should use their office to protect free speech.
I pledge to use my office to protect free speech. I will defend Americans’ right to speak freely and protest peacefully. And I believe platforms and services should apply their rules consistently, irrespective of the speaker’s viewpoint or beliefs.
The views expressed in this letter are the personal views of the signatories and do not necessarily represent the policies or positions of any other person or entity. Titles and names of organizations are included for identification purposes only.
“Now more than ever, we need to uphold the First Amendment. It’s unique to us as Americans. It’s been fought for and defended all through our history for free expression without censorship from the government. It’s foundational to our personal rights and liberties.”
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05)
About the Pledge
Freedom of speech is one of our most basic American values. The ability of all Americans to speak, protest, and express their opinions publicly is central to our political process and to a free society generally.
Today, freedom of speech is under attack. Our universities, mainstream media, tech companies, and corporations are filled with people who want to suppress opinions they regard as offensive and punish anyone who questions prevailing dogmas. These efforts to stifle debate and silence dissenters are compounded by cancel culture, a dangerous movement which imposes severe social and economic sanctions on those who express unpopular opinions.
But freedom of speech isn’t just the freedom to agree with the majority. Nor is it simply the freedom to discuss uncontroversial topics. Freedom of speech refers to the freedom to express views that are unpopular, controversial, and even offensive. That is why the Constitution prohibits the government from censoring even these types of expression.
What is happening right now isn’t a matter of suppressing hate speech. It’s a matter of suppressing viewpoints that some people hate.
The result is that people today are afraid to speak out. They are afraid that if they express their opinions they will be deplatformed, doxxed, cancelled, harassed, or even fired from their jobs.
This isn’t how America is supposed to function. This is not the foundation of a healthy society in which people with different ideas and beliefs debate their positions and work together in search of common ground.
As Americans, we must fight for the freedom to express our thoughts and opinions without fear. It’s time to reject cancel culture. Stand up to protect this core American value: free speech.