first amendment rights
Petition to Dundee-Crown Student Body, Dundee-Crown High School Administration
Unblock Spotify At Dundee-Crown High School
I was first introduced to Chromebook usage in the classroom during August of 2016. District 300 administrators were able to give us access to the internet as long as we did not stray far from our task. Fast forward a couple of years, and one of the websites that's remained blocked for both of them is Spotify, a music streaming service that garners more than 83 million paying subscribers (as of June 2017). This is one of the most clamored-for websites from the student body, and we think it should be unblocked for students' access, which could definitely provide good help for those who prefer having something to listen to while they work. As high-schoolers, it's quite ridiculous how unfairly we are treated. We should be given more mature privileges than this, and it's an especially negative behavioral reinforcement when a teacher tells you why you can't do something instead of why you can. As for the actual reason why it is blocked, however, the usage of music with explicit lyrics is understandably a problem for some people. However, as someone who goes to Dundee-Crown myself, I probably hear multiple different obscenities uttered over a hundred times a day (both inside and outside of the classroom). Whether someone would use Spotify is their choice and if they wish to avoid explicit songs they can. Thank you for your consideration of this change in the learning environment and I hope it will eventually come to fruition. - Anonymous
Petition to Madison Board of Education, Colombus Board of Education
Shelley Hilderbrand to hand in her Resignation at the Madison school district.
Shelley Hilderbrand stifles the voices of her students and is taking away their first Amendment. This petition is to ask for her Resignation in the Madison School District. #FirstAmendment #LittleOpinionsBigVoices
Petition to José R. Rodríguez
New Voices Texas
After details emerged following the media storm that swept the state and nation following the Prosper ISD student press censorship allegations in May, journalism advisers in Texas have turned their ears — and their voices — toward the attention they believe is long overdue. Friends of scholastic journalism are speaking out about student press rights in Texas, or the lack thereof. Finally, the public is taking notice. Partner organizations around the country took action — most notably, the Student Press Law Center, which drafted a comprehensive letter to Prosper ISD administration, condemning the censorship, strict editorial prior review policy and the contract non-renewal of a veteran adviser. The Texas Association of Journalism Educators sent its own letter to Prosper as well, echoing those sentiments. And although the letters served as both a targeted censure toward a campus principal and a message to all who may try to quash scholastic press rights, its effect regrettably may fade with the next news cycle. The situation in Prosper sparked dialogue across the country, bringing to the front the real issue at hand: the 1988 Hazelwood ruling itself, the power it gives to campus administrators, and the often vague and heavy-handed ways in which some principals choose to interpret it. Calling out administrators when they appear to overstep is one way — and a very strategic one — to keep the issue of student press rights in the spotlight. Here’s another: although it is the largest state journalism educator association in the nation, the Texas Association of Journalism Educators, along with scholastic press rights' supporters, have a long road ahead in using the recent events to re-ignite a campaign for student press freedom by championing the New Voices legislation. The bill stalled in committee during the last legislative session and is expected to be reintroduced when lawmakers return in January. TAJE wants to make 2019 the year we #CureHazelwood in the Lone Star State. Until then, we’ve got work to do. And here’s how you can help: SIGN UP: Signing on to this position will help propel New Voices legislation by showing broad support across the state, not just from specific interest groups. We’ve got our work cut out for us. When can you start? Follow us on Twitter @VoicesTexas for news and updates.
Petition to Facebook, Twitter, Inc, Twitter
Facebook and Twitter should not allow elected officials to ban their constituents!
Elected officials have increasingly moved to Facebook and Twitter to communicate with their constituents. By and large this is fine and to be expected. However, many of those same elected officials have chosen to block individuals when those constituents question, refute or offer differing opinions. This is unacceptable! Elected officials represent the people and it is their duty and our right to have our voices heard whether or not they agree with them. As the late author and activist James Baldwin once stated, "I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually."