first amendment rights

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Started 1 week ago

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.

New Voices Texas
171 supporters
Started 10 months ago

Petition to President Donald Trump

Change America's national anthem to the Space Jam theme song

No matter where you stand (or kneel) on current political issues, we can all certainly agree that America's national anthem "The Star-Spangled Banner" and how individuals react upon hearing it has become a divisive topic. We now must choose between letting this issue divide us further, or using this as an opportunity to select another song that will inspire such widespread pride in our country that we will ALL be unable to resist standing as it plays.  Faced with the latter option, the theme song from beloved 1996 live-action/animated sports comedy film Space Jam starring Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny is the logical choice. Ya'll wanna know why? Cuz it's a slam jam. Additionally as many of you may remember, in the movie Michael Jordan was a stranger in Looney Tunes Land unlike all the other inhabitants. Yet, as an outsider he was the only one who could assist Bugs Bunny and his friends in defeating those whom wished to imprison them. That spirit of team work and strength found in diversity truly represents the ideals that we as Americans aspire to achieve.  If this becomes the new national anthem the time for kneeling would be over and we as a nation can begin to heal. Everybody will get up because they know the time to slam would be now, we'd have a real jam goin' down. Welcoming people of all colors and creeds to the Space Jam. Here's our chance, do our dance at the Space Jam. Alright. Hey you, whatcha gonna do?Hey you, whatcha gonna do?Hey you, whatcha gonna do?Hey you, whatcha gonna do?  You're gonna join me in exercising your First Amendment right to sign this petition to tell President Trump we are ready to make the theme song from Space Jam our official national anthem. 

Sheridan Bucket
101 supporters