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About Free Speech Week2018-10-14T14:51:37-04:00

About Free Speech Week

Photo by Heather LaBow, First Place winner of the 2014 FSW/NPPA “Free Speech Everyday” photo contest.

What is Free Speech Week?

Free Speech Week (FSW) is a yearly event to raise public awareness of the importance of free speech in our democracy- and to celebrate that freedom. As freedom of speech is a right all Americans share, this non-partisan, non-ideological event is intended to be a unifying celebration.

When is it?

Free Speech Week (FSW) takes place during the third full week of October annually. This year it will be observed October 22-28, 2018.

Who Can Celebrate?

Individuals, schools, and all types of organizations are encouraged to recognize and celebrate Free Speech Week.  In short – everyone!

How Can We Participate?

As an Individual or Family:

  • RAISE FREE SPEECH AWARENESS by telling your friends about FSW. Talk to your kids about freedom of speech and how it affects their lives.
  • EXERCISE YOUR FREE SPEECH RIGHT by posting a message online. Compose a poem. Display a bumper sticker. Keep a journal. Write a letter to the editor. Speak out at a rally. Express yourself in the ways that work best for you. Just let your voice be heard!
  • GET OTHERS INVOLVED by talking to the organizations you belong to. Tell them about FSW, and ask them to be partnering organizations.

As an Organization:

Individuals and organizations plan and engage in a wide variety of activities to mark the week. For examples go to Activities in the Spotlight and Celebration Ideas.