First Amendment Project
Year founded: 1992
Excecutive Director: David Greene
Mission: FAP, the First Amendment Project,is a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to protecting and promoting freedom of information, expression, and petition. For nearly fifteen years, FAP has provided advice, educational materials, and legal representation to its core constituency of activists, journalists, and artists in service of these fundamental liberties.
- Among its many legal defenses of freedom of expression, successfully defended a veteran photojournalist in 2010 whose unpublished photos of a 2009 protest rally were the subject of an illegal search warrant
- Established Resource Page that collects articles and guides intended to help citizens and journalist through the process of obtaining public records and public information from state and public agencies and court systems
- Conducted Character Name Auction, in which bidders will vie for the chance to have their favorite writers include their name in a forthcoming work of fiction, with all proceeds benefitting FAP.
First Amendment Project defends activists, journalists and artists who are sued for exercising their First Amendment rights, whether by writing, speaking, protesting, assembling or petitioning their government, and represents those challenging laws, policies and practices that infringe on First Amendment rights. First Amendment Project has
frequently worked with literary artists, most notably representing friends of the court J.M. Coetzee, Michael Chabon, and others in a case where a high school student was convicted of making criminal threat for sharing a poem he had written with some of his classmates. The brief co-authored by First Amendment Project proved to be highly influential in the decision by the California Supreme Court to overturn the conviction. First Amendment Project has also worked with
booksellers to help them protect their sales records from governmental intrusion.
-Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room
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