Free Speech Week

AOC to celebrate Free Speech Week Oct. 22-26 with several free events

As a partnering organization with National Free Speech Week, AOC Community Media will celebrate the week of Oct. 22-26 with several free events aimed at raising awareness of and celebrating the importance of free speech in the nation’s democracy. Because “Free Speech: The Language of America” is a basic fundamental right that all Americans share, all events are free and open to the public. You can also participate from home in our AMediaA sessions.

AOC is also an official partnering organization with Community Media Day which also falls during Free Speech Week this year. Community Media Day is an annual celebration of voices that brings awareness to the importance of free speech and accessible media for all individuals to have their voices heard.

All of the following free events will be held at AOC in the Rosa Parks Transportation Center at 101 Jefferson St. in downtown Lafayette

Ask Media Anything

October 22-26, 7pm-8pm

Each night, AOC will host an “Ask Media Anything”, a live show with designated representatives from local media outlets accepting questions from the public via social media using the hashtag #aocfreespeechweek and custom hashtags specific to each media representative. Custom hashtags will be announced each day on AOC’s social media pages. Questions may also be phoned in on the evening of the show to AOC at 337.232.4434.

Movie Screening Day

Movies are also free and include popcorn!

Thursday, October 25

11am Saving Capitalism (TV-PG): A documentary film that follows former Secretary of Labor and Professor, Robert Reich, as he takes his book and his views to the heart of conservative America to speak about our economic system and present big ideas for how to fix it.

12:20 pm War on Whistleblowers: - Importance of Free Journalism: Highlights four cases where whistleblowers noticed government wrong-doing and took to the media to expose the fraud and abuse. Director: Robert Greenwald Stars: Daniel Ellsberg, Franz Gayl, Seymour Hersh

1:30 pm Outfoxed - Rupurt Murdoch’s War on Journalism: Documentary on reported Conservative bias of the Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News Channel (FNC), which promotes itself as "Fair and Balanced". Material includes interviews with former FNC employees and the inter-office memos they provided.

4pm Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press (TV-14): The trial between Hulk Hogan and Gawker Media pitted privacy rights against freedom of the press, and raised important questions about how big money can silence media. This film is an examination of the perils and duties of the free press in an age of inequality.

5:40pm Fahrenheit 451: In a terrifying care-free future, a young man, Guy Montag, whose job as a fireman is to burn all books, questions his actions after meeting a young woman...and begins to rebel against society.

7:40pm Idiocracy (Rated R): Private Joe Bauers, the definition of "average American", is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes five centuries in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed down that he's easily the most intelligent person alive.

Free Constitution Giveaway

Stop by the lobby of AOC Community Media during normal business hours to pick up a free pocket size copy of The United States Constitution. Free free to take a tour of our facility while you are here.

To RSVP for any of AOC’s Free Speech Week events, email Mary Baudoin, AOC’s Marketing Director, at or call 337-232-4434 ext 216. To learn more about AOC Community Media, visit their website at


AOC Community Media is Lafayette’s nonprofit community media center that builds an informed and engaged community through media, technology and education. AOC Community Media is a vital part of Acadiana’s infrastructure serving its residents, local government, schools and nonprofits on a daily basis. For more information, or AOC’sFacebook,Twitter, Instagram or YouTube pages.

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