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Leanne Katz, National Coalition
Leanne Katz, Executive Director of the
National Coalition Against Censorship. When we gave our 1994 institutional
Lifetime Achievement Award for Heroism to the National Coalition Against
Censorship, we said that Leanne Katz's "drive, determination, integrity of
purpose and clarity of vision make her one of the finest role models free
expression activists could hope for." In the past year, she has more than
justified that description. Her courageous leadership on a succession of
difficult issues has been indispensable at a time of burnout and
demoralization. We are especially grateful for her swift response to the
harassment campaign directed at the Pink Pyramid, Cincinnati's only gay and
This Ohio-based organization, rooted in the music
scene but broadly attentive to First
Senators Patrick Leahy (D.-Vermont) and Jim Jeffords (R-Vermont).
In the Green Mountain State, something
in the air, the water or the maple syrup seems to help produce a higher
class of legislator. Both Leahy and Jeffords have long supported funding
without content restriction for the National Endowment for the Arts, the
National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public
Broadcasting. This year, Leahy emerged as the Senate leader in the fight
against censorship in cyberspace, a fight supported by Jeffords. Among
Republicans, Jeffords has established a First Amendment record rivaled only
by Rhode Island's John Chafee. Recently Jeffords has not only stood firm
When a petition seeking to ban sales of records with Parental Advisory labels to minors was presented to the City Council in her home community, Leominster (MA), Nina Crowley played a key role in defeating the measure by circulating a counterpetition and seeking support from the Recording Industry of America, the National Association of Recording Merchandisers, and the ACLU. Out of this effort grew Mass. MIC (the Massachusetts Music Industry Coalition), an organization that brings together musicians, promoters, d.j.s and fans in an effort to uphold freedom of expression in music and all other media. As Mass. MIC's Executive Director, Ms. Crowley has worked tirelessly and effectively to make her organization a major rallying point in the fight to stop censorship in Massachusetts.
Contrary to legend, few artists leap
at the chance to gain the kind of notoriety censorship incidents confer on
them. Hans Evers certainly had nothing of that nature in mind when he
installed his city-sponsored exhibit at Gallery 57 in Cambridge, Mass. But
when Cambridge City Councilor William Walsh intervened, damaging one piece
Graduating seniors at Bradford
College, a small but reputable 4-year liberal arts institution in Haverhill,
Mass., traditionally pick their own commencement speaker. Normally, the only
issue is availability. This year, Bradford seniors chose author/labor
activist Leslie Feinberg, whose novel Stone Butch Blues had been required
reading in the Senior Humanities Seminar that half the class was obligated
to take. Bradford President Joseph Short refused their request, saying that
to invite Feinberg, a self-described transgendered lesbian, would be
inconsistent with the dignity of commencement. As one student put it, "We
cannot graduate without reading her book, but we cannot hear her speak at
graduation." Demanding that Short rescind his decision, students occupied
the administration building, alerted the media, and contacted gay rights,
labor, and free expression advocates across the state and around the
country. Short eventually relented. In her eloquent commencement address,
Leslie Feinberg paid tribute to the integrity
When Nicoletti, an 18-year-old honor student, arrived at school clad in a T-shirt promoting the band White Zombie, Assistant Principal Ellen Parker ordered her to go home and change. Parker found the design emblazoned on the shirt, a caricature of large-breasted women, offensive. Nicoletti left the school, but then, with her parents' consent, returned to the school grounds wearing her bra outside the offending shirt to cover some of the graphics. When she began a silent vigil standing on a boulder opposite the school, principal Timothy Thomas ordered her to leave. When she refused, he had her arrested and charged with "disturbing a school," then suspended her indefinitely. With the aid of the Massachusetts Civil Liberties Union, Nicoletti was reinstated at Andover High a few days later. In July, Judge Elizabeth Flatley of Lawrence District Court formally filed the case, insuring that it would slip into oblivion without coming to trial, and leaving the question of Nicoletti's First Amendment rights - and that of other Massachusetts high school students - unresolved. Nicoletti's spirited, courageous, principled stand against censorship serves nevertheless as an example to students in increasingly repressive public schools across Massachusetts.
Especially (1) former Student Body
President Declan McCullagh; (2) Dave Touretzky, who emerged as the faculty
leader in the fight against censorship; (3) Alma Whitten and the students,
faculty, staff and alumni who make up the Coalition for Academic Freedom of
Expression (CAFE); and (4) the pro-sex feminist direct-action group known as
the Clitoral Hoods. Serving as an example to
Mike Godwin, staff counsel for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).
A leader in the fight against government censorship of computer networks, Mike Godwin is an able communicator who explains in clear and eloquent terms the nature of electronic communication and the indispensability of free expression to a working democracy. Mike has served us well by preparing EFF's powerful Congressional testimony, by going one-on-one with the Christian Coalition's Ralph Reed on Nightline, and by doing a lot of the legwork necessary to expose the Martin Rimm "study" for the academic fraud that it is.
A wise, intelligent, truthful voice in a presidential administration notably lacking in wisdom, intelligence, and truthfulness, Dr. Elders was an isolated voice of reason on the subjects of sex, AIDS, contraception, and drugs. This made her the object of one of the most vicious and persistent hate campaigns ever mounted by the theocratic right. Many would have answered such smears in kind; Elders responded with dignity, humor, and a firm resolve never to be to be silenced. Someday, when American culture reaches adulthood, it will be ready for a Joycelyn Elders, but then the need for her will be less acute.
Nadine Strossen, President of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Noted for her well-articulated and authoritative stands on a range of constitutional issues, Nadine Strossen is the youngest person ever to rise to the presidency of the ACLU. Her book Defending Pornography: Free Speech, Sex, and the Fight for Women's Rights, published in 1995 by Scribner, presents solid arguments, from a feminist perspective, against censorship of sexually explicit material. One of the best features of this excellent, necessary work is that it clearly and compellingly demonstrates the anti-feminist nature of such censorship. The author of an important essay, "Regulating Racist Speech on Campus," reprinted in the anthology Speaking of Race, Speaking of Sex (NYU Press, 1995), Strossen has lectured eloquently on the problems of free speech in recent public appearances around the country. She teaches at New York Law School; we envy her students.
Religious Liberty On-Line Links
U.S. Supreme Court decisions impacting religion.
FindLaw's excellent annotations on
all aspects of the First Amendment
decisions impacting religious liberty of Native Americans.
Religious Freedom Act, 1978.
Indian Religious Freedom Act Amendments of 1994.
Baptist Faith on
World Union of
B'nai B'rith on Religious
on Religious Liberty (Vatican II).
President Clinton's memorandum
on Religious Exercise and Religious Expression in the Federal Workplace,
Guidelines on Religious Exercise and Religious Expression in the Federal
Workplace, issued April 1997.
President Clinton's executive order
on Native American Sacred Sites, 1996.
President Clinton's memorandum
on Religious Expression in Public Schools, 1995.
The Constitution of the United States of America.
Association's letter to Thomas Jefferson and his reply.
Institute of Church-State Studies at Baylor University.
Gene Garman's essays on
Separation of Church and State.
Thomas Jefferson on religious liberty:
A Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom in Virginia, 1785 and his
letter to the Danbury Baptist Association on Separation of Church and State.
International Coalition for Religious Freedom
John Locke's statement on religious toleration:
A Letter Concerning Toleration (tolerati), 1689.
James Madison's statement on religious freedom:
Memorial and Remonstrance, 1785.
Guide to Religion in the Public Schools.
Political Science Papers Dealing with
the Relationship of Church and State, and Religious Liberty
Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. Ruled unconstitutional by the U.S.
Supreme Court, June 1997
Frequently Asked Questions.
Philip Schaff on "The
American Idea of Religious Freedom" from Church and State in the United
sponsored by the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Roger Williams on freedom of conscience:
From The Bloody Tenet of Persecution, for Cause of Conscience, in a
Conference between Truth and Peace, 1644.
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