Celebrate your First Amendment rights with a colorful display of free speech!
Hold a Festival for the First Amendment anywhere:
in a public space
at a community festival or fair
at a library or school.
Download the Fest4First Guide with festive "Free Speech Bubble" poster printouts. This easy, playful activity booth invites public conversation and the space to hear each other. The guide includes more ideas for creative acts of free speech and open mic on the commons, crowd-sourced from fellow writers.
People want to talk, and they have a lot to say. At a 4th of July FEST4FIRST last summer, people welcomed the chance to say what was on their minds. Many stayed to talk, and we set out chairs and found a chance to open the civic conversation between us.
In the PDF attachment are all the festival tools (& brainstorming extras) you will need to hold your own public celebration of the right to freedom of speech.
For ways to listen and to be heard in a conversation of differences, here is a quick intro to "non-violent communication" as developed by Marshall Rosenberg in "Nonviolent Communication - The Language of Life". The book teaches useful listening and heart-centered speaking skills that can open up real dialogue between people. It is an essential skill for our time. The free full book is also online and is useful for pre-festival reading.