The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee will be sponsoring their annual Students’ Rights Conference entitled “Youth in Action: Know Your Rights, Know Your Tools” on Saturday, Oct. 22. This free conference, held in Nashville, will focus on young people’s rights, both in school and in the community.

Conference topics include freedom of speech and expression, Internet privacy and responsibility, interactions with law enforcement, LGBT rights and tools for making change. The interactive sessions will demonstrate how to create change, outline student’s rights, and discuss the responsibilities of freedom.

Confirmed speakers to date include Metro Nashville Police Department Office of Professional Accountability Sergeant Anna-Maria Williams, Oasis Center Youth Action Coordinator Lawanda Bradley, First Amendment Center Scholar David Hudson, ACLU-TN Communications Director Lindsay Kee and ACLU-TN Legal Director Tricia Herzfeld.

“The conference brings together a diverse group of students to discuss their rights, responsibilities and civil liberties concerns as they prepare to become active participants in their community,” said Hedy Weinberg, ACLU-TN Executive Director.  “Past attendees have said that the conference taught them ‘about rights [they] didn’t know [they] had and how to exercise and protect them.’”

ACLU-TN is the only statewide organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the constitutional guarantees of the Bill of Rights.  An affiliate of the national ACLU, ACLU-TN is a private, non-profit, non-partisan membership organization. 

The conference is for high school students only. Registration is from 9:30-10:00 a.m. on the day of the conference.  The program will begin at 10:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m.  Lunch and snacks will be provided free of charge.  The Youth Opportunity Center is located at 1704 Charlotte Avenue in Nashville.

While there is no cost to attend, students must pre-register for the conference


or by calling ACLU-TN at

(615) 320-7142

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