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Taking a Stand on Climate Change and Against Silencing

According to the Director General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan, climate change poses the single greatest threat to public health in the 21st century. From the impacts of extreme weather events, to the expanding distribution of infectious diseases, climate change will amplify existing threats to health, as well as create new ones. Early and decisive action is necessary to mitigate the worst of these impacts and prevent avoidable illness and death. Key…

Lifetime Achievement Honoree: Floyd Abrams

Since 1979, the First Amendment Awards has honored more than 150 individuals. At our annual First Amendment Awards event, the Foundation is pleased to honor one individual with our Lifetime Achievement award. The recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement award is Floyd Abrams, a well respected First Amendment lawyer who is being honored for his lifelong devotion to Constitutional law. Floyd has argued numerous significant First Amendment cases in the U.S. Supreme Court. Many arguments…

Journalism: The Fourth Pillar of Democracy

Because voters are the decision makers of any democratic republic such as our own, it is imperative that they not only be informed but wholly informed – a democracy hiding information from its people is no democracy at all. This is why journalism is the fourth pillar of democracy – without the free flow of information, democracy ceases to exist. In a perfect system, journalists could speak with officials with civility, access public records freely,…

Honoring America’s Brave Free Speech Heroes

The First Amendment grants us freedom of speech and expression, but that doesn’t prevent Americans from facing free speech violations and censorship in the workplace, at school or on college campuses. Freedom of the press is also granted to us by the First Amendment, but threats to a free press still exist. While we don’t always hear of cases involving threats to the First Amendment, Americans’ First Amendment freedoms are under assault like never before….

Retaining Individuality and Refusing to be Silenced

X and Y, left and right, male and female – life is littered with binaries. Some are inherent to the human experience, but what happens when a third variable is introduced? What happens when your options are X and Y, but you know you’re a Z? As was my experience going to a Catholic high school. Being a non-binary individual, I personally experienced an unnecessary amount of hardship by the hands of an administration that…

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