Past Event

Youth and First Amendment Rights

Join Young Chicago Authors and The Public Square at the Illinois Humanities Council as they present a panel discussion on Youth and First Amendment Rights.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The rights guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution play an increasingly critical role in the lives of young people. Whether it involves censorship of a school newspaper, laws restricting teens’ rights to assemble, or youth-targeted advertising, young people’s rights are very often on the cutting edge of First Amendment issues.

Come hear our distinguished panel discuss issues of youth, first amendment rights, and artistic expression.


  • Salim Muwakkil, Moderator

    In These Times Magazine
  • Simmie Baer

    Children & Family Justice Center (CFJC) at

    Northwestern Law’s Bluhm Legal Clinic
  • Antwan Sargent

    Youth Activist

  • Miguel Agilar

    Grafiti Artistand Educator

This discussion is part of YCA’s Louder Than a Bomb Teen Poetry Festival.

Reservations are NOT required. For more information, please contact Catherine Chandler at 312.422.5580.