Want to fight for free speech? Take part in Hazelwood Day of Action

On Jan. 31, you can make your voice heard alongside other First Amendment allies around the nation as part of SPLC’s Hazelwood Day of Action.

Not familiar with Hazelwood? It’s the case of Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, in which the court ruled that student journalists’ First Amendment rights weren’t threatened by school officials censoring articles from their publications.

It’s a threat to a free student press, and only 13 states have legislation that protects students from censorship.

Jan. 31 marks the 30-year anniversary of Hazelwood, so the Student Press Law Center is encouraging people to fight back across the U.S.

There are quite a few ways to get involved — make T-shirts or buttons, publish and editorial, host a bake sale or fundraiser to support your student journalists. SPLC can even provide guest speakers for events.

And for social media? You can get involved in SPLC’s coordinated Twitter blast or Instagram campaign, and they’ll be going live on Facebook every hour with guest speakers to talk about the impact of Hazelwood.

Find more ideas about how to get involved, social media posts to use, information and anything else you need on the SPLC website. You can also register your event there.