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Join a Policy Circle Conversation Call with Mark Janus, plaintiff in the historic Supreme Court case

By The Policy Circle Team

The Policy Circle is pleased to announce it’s July Conversation Call will be with Mark Janus, the plaintiff in Janus vs AFSCME.  The Supreme Court recently decided in favor of Janus, with the majority opinion stating “the First Amendment does not permit the government to compel a person to pay for another party’s speech.”  The Policy Circle’s Executive Director, Anne Williams will host a conversation with Mark Janus and Patrick Hughes, President of the Liberty Justice Center and lead member of Janus’ legal team.  Participants in this Conversation Call will have a unique opportunity to hear directly from the plaintiff, discuss the implications of the Supreme Court decision and share in a piece of history.  Register for the call and bring your questions.

 Mark Janus is a child support specialist for the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services who declined membership in the union but was forced to pay fair share dues. Janus’ case argued that requiring “fair share” union dues is in violation of his first amendment rights.   A previous Supreme Court ruling in 1977 asserted that employees must pay fair share union dues but that the collected funds may not be allocated to political activities, such as supporting candidates. Janus is in opposition to many of the positions taken by his union and asserts that the agenda of the AFCSME is at its core a political one.

Patrick Hughes is president of the Liberty Justice Center.  Practicing law since 1994, Hughes and his team of constitutional lawyers focus on cases to assure economic liberty, the First Amendment and other constitutional rights in federal and state courts.

This is an exclusive event for official members of the Policy Circle. All official members should have received your invitation to participate via email.  Official members can click here to sign up for the call.

For those of you who are not yet official members, become one today with a donation of $50. Official members will receive a Policy Circle lapel pin and are invited to participate in the Policy Circle Conversation Call series.  We hope you’ll join us for this and future calls!  


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