National Symposiums:

The annual National Symposium is a series of panels, and a keynote speaker, focusing on a different, pressing issue in American society each year.

Ed Lowry Awards:

The Ed Lowry Award celebrates community engagement and working across divides by highlighting nominees and an annual winner who  embodies the legacy of Ed Lowry – a citizen dedicated to selfless service to their community. To learn more about this award and Ed Lowry, go to the tab “Lowry Award”on our website.

Difficult Conversations Workshops:

The Difficult Conversations Workshops seek to provide participants with the skills and tools necessary to discuss traditionally polarizing issues without causing tension within your personal relationships. In these workshops, FAV seeks to help participants learn how to have these conversations in a state of peace, without provoking conflict.


First Amendment Voice Webinars are online seminars which explore various pressing First Amendment topics and issues. Experts within their fields, including academics and professionals, provide facts, analysis, and recommended solutions to these issues through discussion. Some previous topics include:

Freedom of Speech on College Campuses and Veteran Civic Engagement.

Coffee  Talks:

First Amendment Voice hosts in person and virtual Coffee Talks as events to bring members, staff, and all who are interested together to discuss civil rights topics. Participants are invited to share their personal stories, experiences, and perspectives to helpeveryone gain  a further understanding of the topic being discussed.

Some common Coffee Talk topics include: Depolarization in the Media, Religious Freedom and Expression in everyday life, and Freedom of Speech on College Campuses and  the Workspace. Coffee Talks allow participants to network, gain knowledge, and surround themselves with like-minded individuals..


The First Amendment gives us all the protected rights to express our visions for the nation, to take up our grievances with our leaders, to collaborate and disagree, and ultimately to heal.

First Amendment Voice provides education, resources, and opportunities to exercise these rights through programming that centers dialogue across divides, compassionate disagreement, and active citizen engagement.


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Larry Rosenberg

Chair of the Board

Alan J. Inman

Board Member

Cathleen Pearl

Board Member

Dr. Paul Murray

Secretary of the Board

Beth Mills

Board Member

Stan Ellis

Board Member and Treasurer


Rev. Dr. Paul McCullough

Executive Director

Hunter Vaughan

Communications Coordinator

Giannina Grigg

Membership Director

I believe that the most essential element of our defense  of freedom is our insistence on speaking out for the cause of religious liberty.

Ronald Reagan

To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.

Frederick Douglass

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.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.

Thomas Jefferson to Doctor James Curie January 28, 1786