Why Care About the First Amendment?

INTRODUCTION By LILY KUZMINSKI, age 12 The First Amendment is one of the 10 amendments in the Bill of Rights, which opens the U.S. Constitution. The First Amendment gives you the right to speak your mind, regardless of whether the situation is controversial (freedom...

To Pledge or Not to Pledge

By AMANDA VENDER The Pledge of Allegiance is usually recited in classrooms at the beginning of every school day. How did the practice start? History of the Pledge The Pledge was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s...

War Veteran Jailed for Writing a Protest Song

Iraq War veteran Marc Hall wrote a rap song to express his opposition to the stop-loss policy that allows the Army to keep soldiers in the military after the end of their contracts. Hall was put in jail in December 2009 for threatening military officers because of the...