As American As Free Speech
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Via A Hero A Day
We applaud Avery Doninger's refusal to acquiesce to injustice. And, in so doing, we invite our audience to follow the events surrounding this case and to support the student's cause, for [it's] never an excess to march alongside those who choose to defend our liberties. And, in Ms. Doninger's case, it is no sin to walk side by side with one who--early as it might be in her life--has clearly chosen to answer the Hero's call to duty...
Beth & Rod Pena
BUILDING A VIRTUAL QUILT OF COURAGE
THROUGH THE DEEDS OF THOSE WHO CHOSE
TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Secretary-Elect, Class of 2008,
Lewis Mills High School
"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 First Amendment to the United States Constitution --
A peculiar drama has been taking place within the confines of U.S. District Courtroom #4, in New Haven, Connecticut. A drama whose outcome might have profound repercussions on American Free Speech as we constitutionally understand it.
Central to the proceedings is [seventeen] year-old Avery Doninger, a student at Lewis Mills High School in Burlington, Connecticut. She is suing the school's principal and the Region 10 Superintendent of Schools for infringement of her constitutional rights, and we happen to think deservedly so.
Hero A Day Manifesto
We're tired of looking at the news and newspapers, only to see and hear nothing but negativity.
We're sure the average person would say, "Why don't you just change the channel, or cancel your subscription to the paper?" While we could certainly do that, we choose to do something different. Burying our heads in the sand somehow doesn't seem like an acceptable or worthy notion. Thus, the rationale for the site you are now visiting.
This site is dedicated to all of those who have made, and continue to make, a difference.
It is our intent to feature, on a daily basis, a story of heroism, not just from people we come across in our daily lives, but from across the world. Because we are only two people, please feel free to tell us a story of someone you know who fits your definition of a hero. And, if you choose to help us in our mission, we ask that you include a picture of the person.
Why? If you noticed the subtitle, we are building a quilt of courage. It is our ongoing goal to put all these pictures together, creating a patchwork of good will, courage, selflessness, and--most of all--hope. By seeing the faces of those who make the world a better place through their deeds, we hope to motivate you and the world to understand that we can always make a difference, no matter how humble our station in life might be.
So, if you're feeling down and out, and do not think you have the strength to make it through the day, please visit us, randomly click on a picture, and read about what someone who might have been in more dire straits than you did to make the world a better place. We hope that the motivation you receive from these pages and the stories within translate into a deeply ingrained certainty that despite all outward appearances to the contrary, we can overcome adversity in any of its guises.