The Buzz on 1 for All

What supporters are saying about the 1 for All campaign:

The First Amendment “gives us the freedom to inform, and keep others informed. We’re therefore happy to be a small partner in a much larger and incredibly important campaign.” — Joe Zlomek, managing editor, Post Publications, based in Sanatoga, Pa. The papers published a series spotlighting the First Amendment at work in the communities they cover.

“The project has an impressively broad backing: the John Hess and James L. Knight Foundation, Newseum, McCormick Foundation, American Society of News Editors, First Amendment Center and Gannett Foundation all have provided initial funding and resources, and later they are joined by more than 1,000 news organizations, religious groups and educational institutions – and Ellen DeGeneres, John Mellencamp and LL Cool J – in support of the First Amendment.” — Kate Santich, Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel

“This campaign serves to remind all of us that our freedoms are preserved by the sacrifices of many and that we must never take them for granted.” — David Crisostomo, managing editor, The Daily News, Guam. The newspaper dedicated its Sunday education section to the 1 for All campaign throughout July.

“Freedom requires diligence and persistence. It is the First Amendment that keeps us focused on zealously guarding our hard-won freedom. It is truly everyone’s Amendment – 1 for All.” — The Fort Wayne (Ind.) News-Sentinel

1 for All is a “non-partisan education that is part ad campaign, part educational outreach, and boy, is it needed.” — The Citizen-Times, Asheville, N.C.

“The largest public service advertising campaign ever staged on behalf of the First Amendment is being launched by thousands of newspapers, magazines and web sites across America … . The campaign is national; it is purposely non-partisan. It aims to celebrate and educate. And it is huge.” — Butch Ward, Poynter Online

“The 1 for All web site has a wealth of news and information about freedom of expression and its place in our lives. We need to do more than just express ourselves; we need to understand the full meaning of these freedoms. We all could use a refresher course.” — editorial, The News-Press, Fort Myers, Fla.

“The Southern Illinoisan joins forces with newspapers, celebrities, elected officials and organizations in 1 for All. The initiative celebrates both the words and guarantees of the First Amendment.” — editorial, Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale

“The 1 for All campaign is aimed at reminding Americans that we can use those First Amendment rights daily. The preservation of these rights is a preservation of democracy, and the First Amendment remains one of the few powerful weapons we have against tyranny, or at least against governments that seem to be listening. That kind of message can’t come too soon or be broadcast too loudly and widely.” — The Free Press, Mankato, Minn.

“The Daily News Journal is participating in this endeavor, which we hope will touch every person in our country and fan the flames of freedom and the willingness to defend the rights we enjoy.” — Andrew Oppmann, The Daily News Journal, Murfreesboro, Tenn.

The Missoula (Mont.) Editor called 1 for All “a perfect way to celebrate this country’s independence.” It began a series of Q&As called “What’s all this about a First Amendment?”

“Over the next several days as we prepare to celebrate our nation’s birthday, we will remind readers on this page that the First Amendment serves every citizen, regardless of faith, race, gender or political leanings.” — The Hammond (La.) Star

“Each person in this country should expect his or her speech to be protected, but they should be sure also to respect the views of others, because the First Amendment applies to everyone in the United States. The nation celebrates its independence and liberty every July 4, but every day, its residents should revere the First Amendment as the foundation of their freedom.” — editorial, The Morning News, Florence, S.C.

“The freedoms spelled out by the First Amendment are the same ones we’ll be celebrating next weekend as we mark the 234th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. I hope you’ll take note of the (1 for All) campaign, and please help to spread the word about the importance of these freedoms. They are the heart and soul of the American way of life.”
— Kelly Hawes, managing editor, Pharos-Tribune, Logansport, Ind.

“1 for All is a worthy project that every American can play a role in by getting involved, learning more about the First Amendment and teaching our youth what it means. The Three Musketeers stood all for one. Americans must stand 1 for All.”
— Michael Caldwell, publisher and columnist, The (Ironton, Ohio) Tribune

“The Americana Music Association is privileged to work with 1 for All to promote freedom of speech in music. Free expression is a critical element in the arts, and especially in music. Cheers to 1 for All for reminding us of this great freedom and for spreading the message throughout the land.”
— Jed Hilly, executive director, Americana Music Association

“Gannett Newspapers are pleased to be able to support this groundbreaking initiative, reminding all Americans of the value of a free press and the First Amendment.”
— Robert Dickey, president of Gannett U.S. Community Publishing

“Free speech keeps US free. The Michigan Press Association can’t say that often enough … so we celebrate 1 for All’s help in saying that across the U.S.”
— Mike Maclaren, executive director, Michigan Press Association

The 45 words of the First Amendment give us “rights that people in other countries can only dream about. The Kentucky Press Association wholeheartedly endorses the 1 for All campaign aimed at helping the public better understand what those words mean and how those words apply in everyday life.”
— David Thompson, executive director, Kentucky Press Association.