“Congress shall make no law
respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise
thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of
the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress
of grievances.” – First Amendment to the United States Constitution
Dec. 14, 2011, Washington, D.C. – Multiple
lifetime achievement award winners Ann and Nancy Wilson of the band Heart have added
their names to the mushrooming list of artists and celebrities speaking out in
support of freedom of expression.
As part of the 1 for All campaign, the sisters will participate in “Free to Tweet,” a daylong online celebration
of First Amendment rights on Dec. 15, Bill of Rights Day. During the
tweetathon, all Americans are encouraged to tweet their support of the First
Amendment and how they enjoy those freedoms—using the hashtag #FreeToTweet.
High school and college students
nationwide are eligible to win one of 22 $5,000 scholarships by tweeting
creatively about the First Amendment. More information is at FreeToTweet.org.
The unprecedented 1 for All campaign is the largest of its
kind in scope and reach, and uses a fresh approach by featuring public figures
celebrating their freedoms to tweet, rock, write, read, sing, worship,
assemble, petition and much more.
Ellen DeGeneres, John Mellencamp,
Ke$ha, and David Gregory were among the first wave of performers, artists and
journalists to show their support for the First Amendment by appearing in the
For more information on the 1 for All campaign, or to join their
mailing list, visit www.1forall.us.
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“1 for All” is a non-partisan, educational campaign that was launched in
2010 to address a general lack of awareness by the American public about the
five freedoms afforded by the First Amendment. Initial support for campaign was
provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Newseum, McCormick
Foundation, American Society of News Editors, First Amendment Center and
Gannett Foundation. In addition, more than 1,000 news organizations, religious
groups and educational institutions have devoted their time and resources in
support of the “1 for All” campaign.