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Rally at the Supreme Court for Free Speech, Video Games and Democracy

Written by NYRA Oct 20, 2010

We are holding a rally on the steps of the United States Supreme Court on November 2nd in support of free speech, opposition to video game censorship and support for lowering the voting age. On this day, the Supreme Court will be hearing the arguments in the case of Schwarzenegger v. EMA. Up for trial is the right of the state to restrict the sale of video games based on age. November 2nd is also election day, a day in which youth are denied the right to vote based on age.

Join us at the Supreme Court to defend free speech, video games and democracy.

It is important to recognize that youth, those who are affected by the ruling of this case, have not been allowed a vote towards electing those who appointed and confirmed the Justices ultimately making this decision.

We’re hoping for a large turnout at this rally, so as to make it known to both the Court and the nation that Americans of every age support the civil rights of youth. Please join us at 8:30 AM in Washington, D.C. on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court to show your support for youth rights. RSVP for the rally on Facebook! For more information, check out our blog’s coverage of the rally and some early press coverage.

We have done our part in this case to ensure that the voices of youth are heard, we joined with the ACLU and the National Coalition Against Censorship to file an amicus brief. We generated a storm of discussion on several gaming forums and gathered over 100 comments describing the social, political, and artistic value of video games. Several of these comments were included in our final brief and will be read and discussed by the Supreme Court. But we cannot change the fact those most affected by this ruling have been allowed no role in electing those who will make the decision. Join us on Election Day on the steps of the Supreme Court to make it known that youth will no longer sit idly by as our rights are curtailed and our political means of opposition stifled.

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