September 20, 2011

September 20, 2011

Contact: Hedy Weinberg, Executive Director, 615-320-7142

NASHVILLE — The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee will be sponsoring their annual Students’ Rights Conference entitled “Youth in Action: Know Your Rights, Know Your Tools” on Saturday, October 22, 2011. This free conference, held in Nashville, will focus on young people’s rights, both in school and in the community.

Conference topics include freedom of speech and expression, Internet privacy and responsibility, interactions with law enforcement, LGBT rights and tools for making change. The interactive sessions will demonstrate how to create change, outline student’s rights, and discuss the responsibilities of freedom.

“The goal of the conference is to increase awareness of students’ rights and to empower those students as they prepare to become active participants in their community,” said Hedy Weinberg, ACLU-TN Executive Director. “Working with students, ACLU-TN consistently advocates for greater protections for young people through our public education and advocacy work, as well as through our legislative lobbying and litigation. It is exciting to join with the next generation who will ensure that the protections of the Constitution are upheld for all Tennesseans.”

ACLU-TN is the only statewide organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the constitutional guarantees of the Bill of Rights. An affiliate of the national ACLU, ACLU-TN is a private, non-profit, non-partisan membership organization.

The conference is for high school students only. 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 Youth Opportunity Center is located at 1704 Charlotte Avenue in Nashville.

While there is no cost to attend, students must pre-register for the conference online here or by calling the ACLU-TN office at (615) 320-7142. More information can be found on the Events tab on our Facebook page.