The traveling "Freedom Express" made a stop at Aux Sable Middle School to show how free speech rights affect all aspects of life.
When Jamie Loo asked a group of seventh-graders at Aux Sable Middle School what rights they had under the First Amendment, they were quick to name the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion. The other three freedoms were a bit harder for the group to guess. Loo asked them to think about when they watch the news on TV, read a newspaper or look at a blog. She asked them if they've ever seen a group of people protesting or gathering together. She told them the First Amendment guarantees the freedom of press and the rights to assemble and to petition and explained that all five freedoms protected under the First Amendment are not just something to study in history class. "These are things that are alive today," said Loo, an online …
We hit the streets to see if the Average Joes and Janes tuned in to watch the president's speech.
- Ben Gross
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
President Obama had the chance to reach millions of Americans with his State of the Union address on Tuesday. The nations four major networks – ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX – carried the speech live. According to HitFix, about 26 million viewers watched the president’s remarks on the broadcast networks. Cable networks, including CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, CNBC and Univision, also aired the speech live. Lasting for just more than an hour, Obama’s address covered a wide range of topics. Main themes included increaseing innovation, providing and reforming education, reducing the national deficit and promoting health care. Dan Rosenberg, 27, of Naperville, was in downtown Plainfield on Wednesday. He didn’t get a chance to watch the speech on Tuesday …