Youth rights lessons from “Lord of the Flies”

Posted by on February 12th, 2018

Photo credit: The “Lord of the Flies” argument The “Lord of the Flies” argument goes like this. Let’s say I want to lower the voting age, or give students more constitutional protections in school. Someone using the argument would reply, “Bad idea. That would undermine adult authority and lead to a ‘Lord of the […]

The Texas #16toVote Story

Posted by on July 18th, 2016

Bryce Hall is the current President of the 16toVote Texas chapter located in North Richland Hills. Read more about what his group is doing here. One afternoon I was sitting on my couch watching an innocent teenager being detained on the news. His mom and step-dad were extremely abusive and he didn’t want to leave […]

‘Childist’ Nation: Does America Hate Kids?

Posted by on April 1st, 2012

March 2, 2012 – TIME –…..-children/ There is a sense that children’s needs have become too prominent, but the targets of that backlash — its victims — are kids Are you a childist? The word is difficult to say, much less get your mind around. Yet Elisabeth Young-Bruehl, a psychoanalyst and biographer who died […]

Youth Rights 101, Part 7: Behind the Wheel

Posted by on March 21st, 2012

This is part of the Youth Rights 101 series. Please check out Youth Rights 101: Introduction for the rest of the series and more information. Aren’t teen driving restrictions meant for protection of new young drivers? Teen driver restrictions may be meant for protection, but not all new drivers are teens, and older new drivers […]

Hastings SonicScreen Silenced

Posted by on August 12th, 2011

The brief but controversial life of the proposed SonicScreen in Hastings, MN has ended. The SonicScreen is how the Mosquito device that NYRA defeated last fall in Washington, DC is currently being marketed to real estate developers, park commissions, shop owners, school boards and other decision makers around the country. The Park Commission of Hastings, […]

A Letter To The Owner of Proof Restaurant

Posted by on August 11th, 2011

Do you honestly think that a youth engagement event was the cause of the current bedlam in London? Forgive the pun – but do you have any “proof” of that?

Montgomery County Curfew Hearing

Posted by on July 28th, 2011

On July 12, I heard the distressing news that Montgomery County, MD, where I’ve lived my whole life, has proposed a youth curfew. Two weeks later, on July 26, we gathered at the Montgomery County Council hearing on the issue, “we” being myself (Katrina Moncure), Alex Koroknay-Palicz, Kathleen O’Neal, Abigail Burman, Alan Xie, and many […]

My Testimony Against the Montgomery County Curfew Law

Posted by on July 26th, 2011

Before the Montgomery County Council Testimony of Alex Koroknay-Palicz On behalf of the National Youth Rights Association on Youth Curfew July 26, 2011 Over the last two weeks I have been asked the same question many times: “What good reason is there for teens to be out after 11?” There are a number of good […]

Review of Brown v EMA

Posted by on June 27th, 2011

This morning, the Supreme Court released the opinion in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Assn. By a vote of 7-2, the court found that the law was unconstitutional. The opinion of the court drawing a sharp distinction between violence and obscenity, it states that protecting minors from displays of violence is not exempt from the first amendment, and finds that the law is unconstitutional.

NYRA Freedom, Volume 11, Issue 5

Posted by on June 18th, 2011

NYRA Freedom Volume 11, Issue 5 June 16, 2011 Contents – NYRA Forms Coalition Requesting Apology from Rockefeller and Gingrich – Election Two Weeks Away, Annual Meeting Next Month – Effort Renewed to Put Youth on NYC Community Boards – Koroknay-Palicz Defends Youth Privacy at Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference – Bill to Curtail Corporal […]

NYRA’s mission centers on challenging age discrimination against young people, both in law and in attitudes and supporting the basic freedoms afforded to young Americans in the Bill of Rights.