ALCU to offer free conference for high school students


The ACLU of Tennessee will make “Youth In Action: Know Your Rights, Make Some Change” as the topic for their fourth-annual Students’ Rights Conference, to be held on Saturday, March 8 in Nashville.

The conference, which will take place at the Nashville Public Library’s Main Branch, is designed for Tennessee’s public and private high school students.
"The conference will focus on young people’s rights, both in school and in the community," said Hedy Weinberg, director of the ACLU of Tennessee. "Conference topics will include freedom of speech and expression, discipline, dress code, youth violence, LGBT rights, and drug testing. Special sessions will focus on what to do when stopped by the police and the tools needed for making change."
Conference participants include attorney David Hudson, First Amendment Center scholar, Police Chief Ronal Serpas of the Metro Nashville Police Department, Referee Sheila Calloway of the Metro Nashville Juvenile Court, and youth activist Lindsay Earls, plaintiff in the 2002 Earls v. Board of Education Supreme Court case that challenged random drug testing of high school students participating in extra-curricular activities.

Topics include:


  • Freedom of Expression (including student rights related to speech, press, dress, and the Internet).
  • Street Law (including student rights and responsibilities related to police and the courts, racial profiling and police/community relations).
  • Youth in Action (featuring student representatives working on issues of nonviolence, LGBT rights, drug testing and more).
  • Activism 101 (exploring tools for making change on the issues that concern you).

    While the conference is free, people interested in attending are asked to register by Feb. 29.  If you have questions, you can call the ACLU of Tennessee at (615) 320-7142 or visit their Web site.