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Welcome to the New Voices Newsletter!


Welcome to the first New Voices Newsletter. Each month, this newsletter will bring you updates from across the country, tips and tricks for crushing the legislative session, webinars and resources from SPLC, and more. If you are a veteran New Voices advocate, new to the crew, or just thinking about calling your state legislator sometime soon, this newsletter is for you. Forward it to your friends, and ask them to join the New Voices movement. 

If you have questions about New Voices, need information you don't see here, or want to talk more about what you can do in your state, check out the New Voices website or email SPLC's New Voices Advocacy and Campaign Organizer, Hillary Davis at hdavis@splc.org.

Student Press Freedom Day grant applications due January 9


Student Press Freedom Day is coming! Talking about what press freedom looks like, can provide a great spring board for your New Voices work this year.  Join SPLC and advocates nationwide as we show our communities (and our legislators) “This Is What Student Press Freedom Looks Like.” 

To help, SPLC has established grants of up to $300 to help you hold public events or campaigns on or around Student Press Freedom Day. Grant applications are due by January 9, so get creative and get your applications in today.

Help the world understand the important work you do and the blood, sweat and tears that go into your work, and let SPLC help amplify your message. Then, join the conversation on January 29 using the hashtag #studentpressfreedom.
 

For a list of ideas of events and activities, click here.

Report from the states 


2019 was an incredible year for New Voices, with a record-setting 11 states considering legislation. Arkansas saw new protections adopted, Missouri’s bill overwhelmingly passed the House, and New Jersey, New York, Virginia, and Nebraska committees voted on their bills.


One of the most difficult and most critical parts of advocacy is keeping your issue at the forefront of people’s minds. New Voices New Jersey exemplified the adage “it’s not over until it’s over,” when advocates made a strong and organized push in November and December to get their bill on the agenda for the final Assembly Education hearing of the year. The bill was not heard, but New Voices New Jersey has sparked a new momentum in their bill and ensured they are on the top of people’s minds come January.  And 2020 is already underway: Virginia HB 36 was pre-filed in November, and advocates are hard at work requesting meetings and drafting their testimony.

What has your state been up to this month?

Let us know here

Pro Tip: Don't wait for 2020; meet your legislators now


With most legislators in their home districts for December, now is the time to reach out and talk with them about student press freedom and their support for the coming year. Call or write your legislator this week and ask to meet with them to discuss student press freedom. Ask them to visit your classroom or newsroom. Send them copies of work you’re most proud of. Get on their radar before the gavel drops and you’re competing with dozens or hundreds of other advocates for attention. Need a phone script or tips for writing a letter?
Click here

Resources and announcements


If you are running New Voices social media, take a moment to check that your information is up to date. For instance, if you are still using the www.newvoicesus.com website, please change the link to https://splc.org/new-voices/.

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