Justin Hayes

Justin Hayes

Justin Hayes is a communications professional and a Nashville resident. He writes regularly about Nashville and Tennessee policy issues at his website The JusTN Case, and is on Twitter/X at @justin_hayes11.

Jennifer Watson holds up a sign of the type that was banned during an Aug. 2021 special legislative session. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Silently holding signs at legislative hearings is protected political speech

By: - September 14, 2023

During the Tennessee General Assembly’s August special session on public safety at a House Civil Justice Subcommittee meeting, police escorted protestors out of the hearing for holding signs that read “1 KID > ALL THE GUNS.”  Before the subcommittee chair called attention to them, the women were not shouting or being disruptive and were simply […]