Hazelwood @ 30

This year, 2018, marks 30 years since the Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier decision was handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court. The SPLC is leading the call throughout the year to raise awareness about the Hazelwood decision, publicize its destructive legacy and focus on the need for New Voices legislation to protect student journalists’ rights.

The Hazelwood Day of Action on Jan. 31 kicked off #CureHazelwood activities and collaborations throughout the nation. Your ideas and initiatives made it a success.

Highlights of the day included:

Ideas for action throughout 2018

  • Post your anti-censorship message to Twitter and Instagram using #CureHazelwood and tagging @SPLC
  • Create and distribute T-shirts that spur discussion about Hazelwood and/or censorship (slogans like: “Ask Me About Hazelwood” or “No Hazelwood, No Censorship”).
  • Distribute stickers or buttons with Hazelwood–related messages.
  • Plan a rally.
  • Publish an op-ed piece or other article in local or student media.
  • Host a guest speaker (see below for virtual speakers).
  • Host a “No Censorship” bake sale to support your local student publication and distribute information about the “Cure Hazelwood” campaign (maybe even sell Cure Hazelwood bracelets too.)
  • See if you have a New Voices movement in your state and coordinate activities with it.
  • Create a video-journal where students (and maybe advisers) can tell their censorship story.
  • Distribute informational flyers to your student body at lunch time to educate them about Hazelwood and censorship.
  • Check out and share SPLC’s Hazelwood Day of Action events.
  • What’s your idea?  Send it to us so we can expand the list!

Tell us about your event


More from our anti-Hazelwood allies:

Journalism Education Association:

National Council of Teachers of English:

Stories about Hazelwood @ 30

Purchase a Cure Hazelwood bracelet

Show your support for efforts to reverse the effects of the Supreme Court’s decision in Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier. (Available in sets of 5, 10, 15 and 25 bracelets.)

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Images for your use:

Download these images and use them when you share your censorship story on social media, or for flyers for your events.

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