Liz Stevens

About Liz Stevens

Liz Herrera is an English Literature major at Northeastern Illinois University. She has contributed to campus publications The Independent and Seeds Literary Journal. She is a poet and blogger who is passionate about writing in all its various forms.

The First Amendment Must Fight Misinformation

The state of the First Amendment is perpetually in flux and it’s walking on shaky ground going into 2019.

Trump Administration tariffs on imported Canadian newsprint in 2018 kicked off a series of layoffs at publications, reduced printing frequencies and forced closure of several smaller publications. The U.S. International Trade Commission overturned the tariffs this […]

By |January 16th, 2019|FAN-Fair|0 Comments

Acosta’s White House Ejection: Our Freedom of the Press is at Stake

Jim Acosta isn’t the first and surely won’t be the last reporter President Trump insults as a “rude, terrible person,” at a press conference, but this time the President’s disdain for the media reached a new low. After a heated exchange, the White House pulled Acosta’s press pass, claiming that he “put hands” on […]

By |November 9th, 2018|FAN-Fair|0 Comments

We Demand to Know What Happened to Jamal Khashoggi

First Amendment freedom of the press and freedom of speech are not universal. The more we learn about the disappearance of The Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi after entering Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2, the more we’re reminded of that.

Khashoggi is not a United States citizen, though he was a […]

By |October 17th, 2018|First Amendment Network|0 Comments

Newsprint Tariffs Overturned, but the Damage is Already Done

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) recently overturned the Trump administration’s decision to impose tariffs of up to 30 percent on Canadian newsprint. The President’s policy went into effect in early 2018. The ITC ruled that Canadian imports don’t cause “material injury” to U.S. paper producers. There is potential that the ruling will […]

By |September 17th, 2018|FAN-Fair|0 Comments

Crippling Newsprint Tariffs & Your Freedom of the Press

The Commerce Department will soon decide whether or not to lift tariffs of up to 30 percent on uncoated Canadian paper that have been crippling already struggling newspapers across the country. The First Amendment right to Freedom of the Press is at stake here and Americans should be very concerned. Newsprint costs for large […]

By |July 13th, 2018|FAN-Fair|0 Comments

Shut Up and Do Your Job!(?)

The new NFL rule on kneeling allows players to protest the national anthem… just not on the field. They can remain in the locker room for the song, but if players insist (per owners’ rules) on taking a knee during the national anthem, their team will be fined. On the surface this might seem […]

By |June 6th, 2018|FAN-Fair|0 Comments

Does The First Amendment Apply to Hate Speech?

Last June the Supreme Court’s unanimous answer was NO. A band named “The Slants” was denied government trademarking because the name could be seen as demeaning to Asian Americans. They felt trademark denial based on their name violated their First Amendment right to freedom of speech. The Supreme Court ruled that viewpoint discrimination – […]

By |May 24th, 2018|FAN-Fair|0 Comments

Is The First Amendment Wearable?

The Supreme Court is currently hearing a case from Minnesota man Andrew Cilek. Cilek was temporarily prevented from voting in 2010 because his “Please I.D. Me” pin – as well as his shirt and other buttons – violated the state’s policy, which forbids political wear from polling places. This is touted as an effort […]

By |May 7th, 2018|FAN-Fair|1 Comment

First Amendment Focus: April Ryan Set to Speak at Malcolm X Saturday April 14th

April Ryan has been a White House correspondent for the past 21 years and continues to fight for transparency from the Trump Administration. She shook her head at Sean Spicer when he refused to give a clear answer about Russia and at his insinuation that she was pushing her own agenda rather than reporting […]

By |April 10th, 2018|FAN-Fair|0 Comments

And the Censorship Winner Is . . . Illinois!

The 2017 Jefferson Muzzles awards have been announced and Illinois has earned a spot on the list.  Each year on their namesake’s April 13 birthday, the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression awards this dubious recognition to the year’s most egregious free speech censors. Past recipients include the Bradley County, Tennessee […]

By |May 7th, 2017|First Amendment Network|2 Comments