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Table of Contents

I. Our Mission Statement
II. A Brief History of Self Expression
III. What is Freedom of Expression?
IV. Examples of Self Expression
V. Video
VI. How Freedom Of Expression affects You.
VII. Quotes
VIII. Abusers of Freedom of Expression
IX. Google Earth Tour
X. Groups & Associations
XI.Bibliography


I. Our Mission Statement.

Our goal with this Wiki page is to raise awareness on the fact that everyone has the universal right to express themselves. We are out to show others that they
cannot be told to stand down with their beliefs. No one may ever be victimized into feeling that their beliefs are wrong. Period. You may express yourself in any way
you want to. That's your right and no one may attempt to revoke it.

II. A Brief History of Self Expression

Throughout history, people have always desired to express themselves. From the caves in Egypt covered in hieroglyphics to modern day art museums, the world is full of people who express themselves in many different ways. There have also been those who believe that no one is allowed to express themselves. Most people are against people who are a deviation of the norm. Muslims require that women cover themselves at most times and that they not wear makeup, get tattoos, or have piercings. Some Christians are against people who are of a different sexual orientation. Our own school even pushed for the DJ at last year's senior prom to not play certain types of music. Many people considered this to be censorship. “Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press...” Very interesting that, seeing as the Constitution governs our land, speech all over our land is constantly censored. In fact, a good example of this violation of our free speech occurred on December 17, 2010: A Fort Worth, Texas ban prevents any religious ads from being displayed on buses.
If you feel that your rights to free speech are being violated, contact a local lawyer and take the perpetrator to court. Show the world that our country's rights cannot ever be violated without a fight.



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III. What is Freedom of Expression?

Freedom of Expression is essential in enabling democracy to work and public participation in decision-making. Citizens would not be able to exercise their right to vote effectively or take part in public decision-making if they do not have free rights to information and ideas and are not able to express their views freely. Freedom of expression is not only important for individual dignity. Violations of freedom of expression often go hand in hand with other violations, for example the right to freedom of association and assembly.

This means you have:

  • the right to seek information and ideas;
  • the right to receive information and ideas;
  • the right to reveal information and ideas;


IV. Examples of Self Expression

Just about anything you could possibly think of can be considered a form of self-expression. Everything from what you say to how you walk is a form of self-expression because it is unique for a reason that you and only you can choose. It has to mean something to you for it to be actual self-expression. Don't learn how to copy others' styles; make your own. Some examples of what many people collaborate on to express themselves so you can get a better idea of its true meaning:

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-Music.

Music is perhaps the most common form of self-expression. With millions of millions of unique songs in the world and more always being written, everyone's got something to say. Some people may consider some types of music to be less important than others, but almost every song has a special meaning and nearly every rewritten song is done in a special way.


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-Art.

Every piece of art in the world comes from something the artist feels or likes. It's their presentation of how they see things in the world. It means something to them, whether secret or expressed, that they consider important. While there aren't too many different forms of a sculpture, painting, drawing, etc., there's unlimited mediums to be used. If you understand what it means, then it's art. Nobody can tell you if it's really art or not.


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-Writing. Every unique story has a real good meaning behind it. Stories can show the feelings of the writer, a traumatic experience they have survived through, something happy or exciting that's happened, or anything else. Getting the gist?

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-Images/Photography. While it's impossible to get the exact same shot more than once, there's always a way to tell a story, unique or similar to someone else's. We're personally against just following suit, so we recommend telling your own story. That pushes your individuality out for the world to see.




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Get how nearly anything can be considered as a way of expressing yourself? You're not in any way limited to use just the above methods. Come up with your own method and show the world. Don't be afraid to show your true colors.







V. Videos:







-This video is our PSA on Freedom of Expression, it includes a variety of pictures and a brief message at the end. Enjoy.

VI. How Freedom Of Expression affects You.

If self expression didn't exist, then you wouldn't have the music you love. Most artists aren't in it for just the money: most just want to express themselves. As stated above music is one of the most common and universal forms of self expression. Know that really cool painting that you like a lot? That wouldn't exist because no one would have the guts to put out art and it wouldn't mean anything to anyone if self expression wasn't in existence. Every bit of self expression colors your world. Every aspect of your world and everything that surrounds you is controlled by self expression.

VII. Quotes


"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim.
Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself." — Harvey Fierstein

VIII. The Abusers of Freedom of Expression

Although Freedom of Expression is a right under the constitution, many people use this right to their advantage and abuse it. Many political cartoons and newspapers abuse this right and publish work that is offensive to many. Also, at many "Gay Pride" events their are protesters of all kinds, some for gay rights and others against it.
Though it is their right to express themselves freely, it offends many. Which leads me to my next point, Freedom of Expression is not only a right, it is also a privilege. Use it wisely. Offensive material under the law may go against other rights, like Freedom of Speech, or the Right to Privacy. Some newspapers go politically, constitutionally and above all moraly way to far. You be the judge, it's not only our right, its also your own.

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IX. Google Earth Tour




-This Google Earth Tour includes many inspirational murals and a brief history behind each mural. Enjoy.

X. Groups & Associations

The International Freedom of Expression Exchange
-Founded in 1992, the International Freedom of Expression Exchange is a global network of around ninety non-governmental organizations that promotes and defends the right to freedom of expression. The IFEX exchanges information on the internet and encourages action on issues such as criminal defamation, internet censorship, press freedom, freedom of information legislation and insult laws, media concentration and attacks on journalists, writers, human rights defenders and Internet users.
Visit their website here IFEX

The American Civil Liberties Union
-Founded in 1920, The ACLU reported over 500,000 members in 2010. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is made up of two separate non profit organizations: the American Civil Liberties Union, a organization whose main focus is legislative lobbying, the other organization is the ACLU Foundation, an organization whose main focus is on communication efforts and lawsuits. The American Civil Liberties Union's main goal is to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
Visit their website here American Civil Liberties Union


XI. Bibliography's


Fierstein, Harvey. "GoodReads." GoodReads.com. Web. 15 Dec 2010. <http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/show_tag?name=self-expression>.

Fulwiler, Dan. "Murals around the World." Danfulwiler.com. N.p., 2010. Web. 20 Dec 2010. <http://www.danfulwiler.com/muralsaroundtheworld/>

International Freedom of Expression Exchange. "IFEX." Web. 23 Dec 2010. <http://www.ifex.org>.

American Civil Liberties Union. "American Civil Liberties Union." aclu.org. ACLU. Web. 23 Dec 2010. <http://www.aclu.org>.

Youth for Human Rights. "Youth for Human Rights." Youthforhumanrights.org. Web. 23 Dec 2010. <http://www.youthforhumanrights.org/>.