Celebration Ideas – Community

Anyone can participate in Free Speech Week! Whether it’s raising awareness about the history and importance of freedoms of speech and of the press, or engaging in everyday activities made possible because of these freedoms. Here are some ideas to get started:

Organize a debate about an issue important to your community.

Ask your mayor to proclaim October 18-24, 2021 Free Speech Week. We have included a sample letter and proclamation language on our website.

Schedule a community meeting with elected officials or school board representatives to discuss issues important to you and your community members.

Ask your town council to schedule an “open forum” where residents can express their opinions on issues of public importance.

Ask your local library and bookstores to recognize Free Speech Week with a banner and/or banned book displays.

Work with community service clubs (e.g. Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis, etc.) to schedule a speaker for their meetings on free speech themes.

Organize a concert or art festival to celebrate free expression.

Work with local television, radio and newspapers to schedule tours of their facilities for school groups and journalism clubs.

Public access station PACTV sought and received a proclamation for Free Speech Week in Massachusetts.

Channel Albany sought a Resolution declaring October 22-28, 2018 as Free Speech Week.in the city of Albany.