Brad Paisley takes a stand for the First Amendment

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

WASHINGTON — The national public-education campaign, “1 for All,” announced today the addition of award-winning country music singer and songwriter Brad Paisley to its lineup of celebrity supporters. “1 for All” addresses a lack of understanding among the American public about the freedoms granted by the First Amendment.

“Freedom is what makes America great,” said Paisley, whose new album, “This is Country Music,” was released yesterday. “I count myself blessed to live in a country where I can exercise that right every day, whether I’m writing, recording or performing.”

“1 for All” launched last July in a blitz of print and online advertisements that were featured using the donated space of more than 1,000 participating news organizations. The campaign was established in response to recent surveys by the First Amendment Center, which found that only about 1 in 20 Americans can name all five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment.

“Brad Paisley’s music has entertained, engaged and enlightened millions,” said Ken Paulson, president of the First Amendment Center and founder of the “1 for All” campaign. “His work is free speech set to music, and songs like ‘Welcome to the Future,’ ‘American Saturday Night’ and ‘Alcohol’ reveal truths about the world around us.”

The “1 for All” campaign is the largest of its kind in scope and reach, and uses a fresh approach by featuring public figures celebrating their freedoms to tweet, rock, write, read, sing, worship, assemble, petition and much more.

Ellen DeGeneres, John Mellencamp, Ke$ha, Mary Chapin Carpenter and David Gregory were among the first wave of performers, artists and journalists to show their support for the First Amendment by appearing in the ads.

For more information on the “1 for All” campaign, visit www.1forall.us.

About “1 for All”

“1 for All” is a non-partisan, educational campaign that was launched in 2010 to address a general lack of awareness by the American public about the five freedoms afforded by the First Amendment. Initial support for campaign was provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Newseum, McCormick Foundation, American Society of News Editors, First Amendment Center and Gannett Foundation. In addition, more than 1,000 news organizations, religious groups and educational institutions have devoted their time and resources in support of the “1 for All” campaign.

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