WHO WE ARE
WHAT WE DO
Our essential rights and responsibilities as self-governing citizens are expressed in the First Amendment. First Amendment Voice affirms and promotes freedoms of religion, expression, the media, free assembly, and petition. We also explore how contemporary trends like technological development, media bias, and other factors shape these rights.
We can accomplish this through education, advocacy, network development, and by promoting grassroots solutions. It is vital to build a foundation with an understanding of the meaning and application of the 1st Amendment; to address issues and policies affecting these rights through advocacy; to build a broad pluralistic constituency of citizens as this is vital to all, regardless of religion, race, culture, or socio-economic background; and to demonstrate through grassroots solutions the power of self-governing ethical citizens engaged in solving problems facing our communities.
First Amendment Voice serves to invigorate Americans to understand and exercise First Amendment rights through a collaborative campaign of awareness, education, advocacy, and facilitation.
UNIVERSAL PRINCIPLES AND VALUES
+ Commitment to something greater than oneself.
+ Respect and caring for others.
+ Service above self.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
DR. PAUL MURRAY has been in Christian leadership for more than 25-years and is the
senior pastor of The Lighthouse Church-Maryland. He is the award-winning author of Broken:
Picking up the Pieces after the Fall and soon to be published, First to Serve.
Dr. Murray serves as Vice President of the Global Peace Foundation USA where he leads issues impacting religious freedom and liberties within the U.S.A. and globally, he serves on the International Religious Freedom Roundtable. He has been a guest on TBN, Daystar, CTN and selected for the feature story and cover of BOSS Magazine. A former Peace Corps Volunteer to the country of Tunisia, Murray holds a Doctorate in Pastoral Leadership from Howard University, School of Divinity, a M.Div and M.A.R. in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Phoenix.
Chelsea has also served as as Manager of Education and Development for the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) in Washington, D.C., and as the Legal Services Manager Common Ground in Michigan.
She currently serves as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine’s DC campus teaching Nonprofit Management and is also the Early Childhood Ministry Coordinator for her church, Potomac Valley Assembly. Chelsea serves on the boards of Misako Ballet Company and First Amendment Voice. Chelsea holds a B.A and a J.D from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is a member of the State of Michigan Bar Association. She is married to Josh and lives outside of Baltimore, Maryland.
I believe that the most essential element of our defense of freedom is our insistence on speaking out for the cause of religious liberty.
To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.
True patriotism springs from a belief in the dignity of the individual, freedom and equality not only for Americans but for all people on earth.
Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.