Thursday, December 15, 2011

Celebrate the First Amendment and Win Cash for College

by Sara N.

I'm a big fan of the First Amendment, and I'm assuming you are, too. It's the reason we can write about our favorite books and movies. It's the reason we can criticize politicians and authors and filmmakers. And it's the reason we can be bold and opinionated without fear of government censorship and persecution.

In honor of the First Amendment's 220th anniversary today, high school and college students who tweet about the First Amendment with the hash tag #FreeToTweet will be entered into a competition to win one of 22 $5,000 scholarships. The contest runs all day today; you can find a FAQ here.

“Free to Tweet” is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and organized by 1 for All, a public service campaign designed to educate the public about the vital importance  of the First Amendment and its five freedoms: speech, press, religion, assembly and petition.

Whether you're blogging, Facebooking, tweeting, writing, singing or just plain talking, you've got the First Amendment to thank for it. So hop on Twitter and express your support for the First Amendment using the hashtag #FreeToTweet, or encourage your friends and family who are students to do so.
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