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Mary Beth Tinker addresses student and advisers at the Ohio Scholastic Media Association awards banquet April 5. (photo by Melinda Yoho)

Individuals and groups still have one day to help ensure The Tinker Tour: The Power of an Armband happens next fall. The “Tinker Tour” is a bus trip across the country to promote youth voices, free speech and a free press.

The tour’s goal, according to Mary Beth Tinker, tour organizer and plaintiff in the landmark Tinker v DesMoines U. S. Supreme Court decision, is to ” bring real-life civics lessons to schools and communities through my story and those of other young people.”

Every journalism student in the country has a real stake in seeing this tour happen, even to the point of bring it to their schools or home towns.

Tinker and co-organizer Mike Hiestand, who assisted countless media students and advisers as a consulting attorney for the Student Press Law Center,  hope to start the tour on Constitution Day next fall and spend three to six months touring, depending on funding.

hazelwoodcolorPledging your financial support within the next 31 days will enable your funds to be matched by StartSomeGood, a crowdsourcing fundraiser.

Find out about the Tinker Tour here.

To donate to the Tinker Tour, go here.

As Mary Beth says in her appeal for support, “I made a difference with a simple, black armband. Can you imagine what a 13-year-old could do today with all of the extraordinary speech tools available?”

Join her and the others who believe in student expression as a tool for civic engagement in supporting the Tinker Tour.

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