Amendment I Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. I am sensitive to the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Perhaps it’s the four LONG years I spent in a rigourous collegiate journalism program. Perhaps it’s my hyper-sensitivity to the need to say what I want, when I need to say it. Regardless of the reason, I believe everyone has a right to freedom of speech, regardless of whether I agree with or am offended by what they have to say.* Imagine my chagrin when I heard an uproar about an art installation at a high school in my county. According to a news report (I’d love for more to exist, but it doesn’t seem to have been picked up by all of the local news outlets), students in an honors course “were given an assignment to create a display that shows what social justice means to them.” The result was on display in the high school’s lobby for weeks before it started getting widespread attention. […]
I’m not sure if you’re aware, but there’s some pretty significant legislation being considered in both the Senate and the House of Representatives that has the potential to severely impact internet freedom. The goals of the bills are to protect intellectual property, prevent copyright infringement, and add enforcement measures against rogue websites. The legislation, however, is getting a lot of opposition from prominent web-based services, including Google, Facebook, eBay, Mozilla, Yahoo!, Zynga, LinkedIn, and Twitter, who are concerned about how the government and corporations may be able to limit consumer access to the sites they want (and pay) to use. I know you may not be politically active, but I think this is a really important cause to know about. Even if you don’t agree with my stance, I hope you’ll take some time to read about them and consider how much they may impact the work you do, your personal interests, and the future of internet access. If you feel strongly, please reach out to your representatives to let them know how you feel – it’s quick and easy to email them, and they DO read them. (If you don’t know who your U.S. representatives are, you can find […]
I’ve always considered myself an ally, but it wasn’t until recently that I really started to take it seriously. Today’s political climate, between Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and the ongoing debate about same-sex marriage, is downright hateful, and I have too many LGBTQIA* family, friends, colleagues, etc., not to be. So last week I had training to join my campus’ network of LGBTQIA faculty, staff and students who are prepared to act as advocates and resources to LGBTQIA faculty, staff and students.