New Voices in District of Columbia

Current Status: D.C. does not yet have a dedicated New Voices law; advocates are working to bring a bill before the D.C. Council as soon as possible. Join the movement by emailing SPLC’s Advocacy and Organizing Team at

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Other Ways to Get Involved
  • Do you think you might want to testify before the Council, but have no idea what that is like? We have a video for that!
  • Need more information about New Voices before you start your advocacy? Check out these sharable talking points and our New Voices FAQs.
  • Spread the word about New Voices.
  • Locate a copy of your school district’s student media or student expression policy. This toolkit can tell you everything you need to know about your policy and what you can do with it. Some student media policies offer legal protection equal to or even exceeding New Voices protections. If that’s the case, spread the word! (And let SPLC know, too.)
  • Help your colleagues better understand student press freedom by inviting an SPLC expert to join you: SPLC In The Classroom.
History of New Voices in DC
  • 2009: The Student Bill of Rights becomes effective. The rule protects students’ First Amendment rights, and also protects students from retaliation because of their free expression.

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