Media Advisory


Keeping Speech Free:
Mackinac Center for Public Policy and Institute for Justice
Defend Against Michigan Teachers' Union Attack


Noon/Tuesday, May 21, 2002


Lansing Center
Capitol View Concourse
333 E. Michigan Avenue
Lansing, MI


Chip Mellor, President and General Counsel, Institute for Justice
Clark Neily, Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice
Joseph Overton, Senior Vice President, Mackinac Center for Public Policy


John Kramer, Vice President for Communications, Institute for Justice, (202) 955-1300
Joseph Lehman, Executive Vice President, Mackinac Center, (989) 631-0900


On Tuesday, May 21, the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Justice will announce its plans to defend the right to free speech of the Michigan-based Mackinac Center for Public Policy from a frivolous attack by the state's largest teachers' union.

Imagine a world in which people no longer debate public policy issues for fear of being sued by their opponents. That is the goal of a lawsuit filed by the Michigan Education Association (MEA) and its president alleging that the Mackinac Center "misappropriated" his "likeness" by quoting him in a letter. The MEA's willingness to run roughshod over the First Amendment to silence its opponents signals an alarming escalation in the union's battle against meaningful education reform in Michigan-and a frightful harbinger of union tactics should the U.S. Supreme Court decide in favor of school choice in the pending Cleveland voucher case.

NOTE: The Institute for Justice can arrange interviews to facilitate your coverage.
Call John Kramer, IJ's vice president for communications, at (202) 955-1300.

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