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Stand Up/Speak Up: Students' Rights Conference, was held on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Over 100 high school students from six counties attended and spent the day learning about their Constitutional rights.

Stand Up/Speak Up:
2013 Students’ Rights Conference

Wednesday, March 20
Martin Professional Development Center, Nashville
9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.

The conference is for high school students only. Pre-registration is required. Students may register by clicking here.

On Wednesday, March 20th, ACLU-TN will hold its annual Students’ Rights Conference, a day of civil liberties empowerment, discussion, and action for high school students from all over Tennessee.

This free, daylong conference offers high school students like you the opportunity to explore and learn about the civil rights issues that affect you every day in your schools and communities.

Interactive sessions will outline students’ rights, demonstrate how to organize and initiate change, and provide an opportunity for you to engage with your peers about the responsibilities of freedom.

Students will participate in workshops led by respected civil liberties experts on issues such as:

  • Free Speech (exploring students' rights related to speech, Internet expression, and dress)

  • Freedom of the Press (understanding what freedom of the press means for high school newspapers)

  • Religious Freedom (discussing the landscape of religious freedom and religious intolerance in Tennessee and how it impacts youth in your day-to-day lives)

  • Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Equality (identifying how the First Amendment protects LGBT students and organizations in school)

  • Interactions with Law Enforcement (learning about your rights and responsibilities when talking with police)

  • Tools for Change (spotlighting student activists and exploring tools for making change on issues that affect YOU!)

  • And more…

Registration is from 9:30-10:00 a.m. on the day of the conference.  The program will begin at 10:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m. 

Lunch and snacks will be provided free of charge. 

The conference will be held at the Martin Professional Development Center, located at 2400 Fairfax Avenue in Nashville.

For more information, please call 615-320-7142.

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