June 7, 1991 |
Canada's Supreme Court overruled a law that banned the country's 250,000 federal government employees from engaging in political activities. The public servants had been barred by law from taking part in political activities such as handing out pamphlets, donating money to parties or speaking at political meetings. But the country's highest court said the section banning the activities under the Public Service Employment Act was an infringement of the right of freedom of expression.
June 8, 1995 |
A constitutional amendment restoring to the states and Congress the authority to ban desecration of the American flag was sent to the full House on Wednesday. The House Judiciary Committee approved the amendment on a party-line vote of 18 to 12. It would override a 1989 Supreme Court ruling that threw out state laws prohibiting flag burning and other acts of desecration, saying they violated First Amendment guarantees of freedom of expression.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 1990 |
Four performance artists denied National Endowment for the Arts fellowships on what they say are political grounds filed suit Thursday in Los Angeles federal court seeking an order overruling the grant rejections. Lawyers for the four said they would also file a petition for a temporary restraining order today that would bar the arts endowment from spending the $23,000 earmarked for the fellowships until the dispute is resolved.
April 9, 1993 |
A Canadian language lobby group said Thursday that a U.N. human rights committee has found that language laws to protect French in Quebec province infringe on the right to freedom of expression. The province of Quebec has a large number of English-speakers among the French-speaking majority. Law 178, adopted by Quebec in December, 1988, bans the use of languages other than French on most signs.
June 23, 1990 |
A Los Angeles arts lobbying group has organized a city-wide series of performances, exhibitions and lectures as part of a nationwide effort to promote unrestricted federal arts funding and to educate the public about current issues involving the National Endowment for the Arts. The events, organized by the Los Angeles Coalition for Freedom of Expression and dubbed the "L.A.
September 25, 1990 |
About 150 people demonstrated for freedom of expression Monday outside a courthouse where an art gallery and its director went on trial for showing Robert Mapplethorpe's sexually graphic photographs. About 50 police officers patrolled on foot, horseback and motorcycles outside the Hamilton County Municipal Court, where a jury was being selected for the misdemeanor obscenity trial of the Contemporary Arts Center and its director, Dennis Barrie.
November 16, 1990 |
Though his troupe has been a target in recent controversies over freedom of expression, a top official at South Coast Repertory has declined an invitation to discuss the topic as a member of a key panel at an important meeting of the state's arts community this weekend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1992 |
For the second time in two months, motorcyclists Wednesday failed to persuade a judge to block enforcement of the state's new mandatory helmet law, despite arguments that it violates their right to freedom of expression and subjects them to harassment by law enforcement officers. Superior Court Judge James J. Alfano rejected a host of constitutional challenges, saying that in passing the law California legislators had a legitimate intent to protect the safety of citizens on the highways.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 1990 |
Rock singer Sammy Hagar and actress Stephanie Zimbalist will soon get an earful about U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Lomita). Zimbalist and Hagar are among hundreds of Rohrabacher's political contributors who are being targeted in a mailing this week by a Long Beach-based group that opposes the congressman's efforts to rein in the National Endowment for the Arts.