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Don’t Just Stand There: Freedom Day Is Coming

If Earth Day got every kid worried about recycling, why not have a day to get them thinking and celebrating the blessings of liberty? A few good folks pondered that concept and came up with a grand idea: Freedom Day, the second annual of which will be this April 13th, to be marked and honored primarily at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, but possibly also celebrated in a neighborhood or at a campus or school near you. The City of Brotherly Love shebang will feature participation from a broad spectrum of interests and organizations (from Facebook to FIRE to the ACLU) with the aim of encouraging “people of all ages to explore how Americans’ freedoms of speech and expression are exercised, threatened, and protected.”

You don’t have to be in Philly to celebrate: Colleges are being urged to host campus free-speech events, and maybe you can nudge your town officials or local elementary and high schools to take advantage of the terrific materials the Freedom Day folks have created. (We dare you to download the Amendment Cootie Catchers.)

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