Our First Amendment Awards honorees and judges have been busy! Check out their latest projects below.
JAMIE KALVEN PRODUCES AN EMMY-WINNING DOCUMENTARY
Jamie Kalven (2018 Journalism winner) is the Executive Director of Invisible Institute, a journalism production company on the South Side of Chicago. He co-produced the Showtime documentary, 16 Shots, which examines the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke and the cover-up that ensued. (Kalven initially broke the story in an article for Slate.com.) 16 Shots was awarded the 2020 Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Documentary. It is currently streaming on Showtime.
Zephyr Teachout (2018 Judge and 2015 Book Publishing winner) released her latest book—a passionate attack on the monopolies that are throttling American democracy—in July 2020. Through her expert analysis of monopolies in several sectors and their impact on courts, journalism, inequality, and politics, Teachout offers a concrete path toward thwarting these enemies of working Americans and reclaiming our democracy before it’s too late.
Allison Stanger (2018 Education winner) analyzes a range of whistleblowing episodes, from the corrupt Revolutionary War commodore Esek Hopkins to Edward Snowden, to the dishonesty of Donald Trump, and reveals the centrality of whistleblowing to the health of American democracy. With changing technology and increasing militarization, the exposure of misconduct has grown more difficult to do and more personally costly for those who do it—yet American freedom depends on it.
Slanted is the story of an indomitable spirit who so believes in the idea of justice that he’s willing to risk everything along the way for the dignity of self-identity. Simon Tam (2018 Arts & Entertainment winner) reveals a deeply personal account that will take you from anime conventions to the Supreme Court, all in the name of justice. The story provides a raw look at our legal system with unflinching honesty and offers timely insights on freedom of speech, how to connect with others we disagree with, and the power of music.
In her latest book, Nadine Strossen (1998, 2000, and 2008 Judge) dispels the many misunderstandings that have clouded the perpetual debates about "hate speech" vs. "free speech." She argues that an expansive approach to the First Amendment, and the promotion of equality and societal harmony through "counterspeech" activism, which has been increasingly vibrant in the U.S., is most effective at advancing democracy, equality, and societal harmony.
In his most recent book, University of California Berkeley Dean and respected legal scholar Erwin Chemerinsky (2017 Judge) expertly exposes how conservatives are using the Constitution to advance their own agenda that favors business over consumers and employees, and government power over individual rights, and argues that the time to develop and defend a progressive vision of the U.S. Constitution that protects the rights of all people is now.