Monday, January 31, 2011

ACLU celebrates First Amendment

Adam Causey, on, writes about a gathering in Shreveport where 30 people gathered to celebrate First Amendment rights.  This even was put together to help Americans appreciate the freedoms that they have in opposition to such places as Egypt (especially since they are in such a state of turmoil at the moment.)
The local office of the ACLU sponsored "Banned in America," a celebration of the First Amendment's freedom of speech.  About 30 attended the event at CoHabitat.  Shreveporters read from some of their favorit books or played clips from films that have been censored.
The group discussed the recent controversy surrounding Huckleberry Finn, watched public domain movie clips, and talked about the general good side of freedom of speech.  I don't know if they covered any of the negative aspects of freedom of speech, or if they talked about how annoying it can be at times, but at least there is a sense of appreciation among some people, celebrating instead of taking the Amendment for granted.

Have any of you ever taken part in an event like this?  Have you ever put together anything to celebrate your right to freedom of expression and freedom of speech in America and Canada, or in other countries across the globe?  Leave a comment and let me know.

I'll try to have some more book reviews and other info up later this week.

As always, thanks for listening.

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