It’s ON, Mr. Colbert!

Special By Pamela DeFanti RobinsonDirector, Pro Bono Program at the University of South Carolina School of Law.

This morning I received the following email from Ms. Robinson:

Greetings

I am making a concerted effort to help my very good friend Greg Baldwin, the President of VolunteerMatch take down Stephen Colbert in the Spoon to Spoon Challenge!

Yes, Ben and Jerry’s has created a very special and I might add extremely delicious ice cream, BERRY VOLUNTARY.


Enjoy Greg and the great folks at VolunteerMatch’s YouTube debut as they challenge Stephen and his Americone Dream™.

And don’t forget to vote.


Vote often and vote for the BERRY!


You may also spread the word and be part of ice cream history.  It is time to tell SC native Mr. Colbert that friends of the USC School of Law Pro Bono celebrate 20 years of volunteering by voting for BERRY VOLUNTARY.  We are making VOLUNTEERS the WORD!!!

Be creative, be viral, TWEET, go to your Facebook friends, spread the word, don’t just sit there eating ice cream.

Cut, copy, paste this message until your fingers are tired, just spread the word.  Let’s overwhelm Stephen Colbert’s Facebook page with SC comments.

Here is the all important link: http://colbert.vmchallenge.com/

P.S. I promised Greg that within a week I could get him 1,000 SC votes!! Prove me wrong and make that number higher to the 20th power!

Just FYI, in the interest of full disclosure I serve on the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration with Greg.


ONLY 12 DAYS LEFT TO VOTE

Hey Bloggers – It’s National Freedom of Speech Week

Welcome to National Freedom of Speech Week, October 20-26, 2008!

First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

While the First Amendment offers quite a few freedoms – religion, speech, press, right to assemble, etc. – it’s only proper to examine the right of free speech.

You, dear reader, are currently taking part in this amazing information database – the internet. There are billions of websites available and so much more information and disinformation available via this incredible resource. The freedom of speech allows you, me, and us to access things, legal things, unavailable to previous generations. Court documents, court orders, case histories, etc.

Education also allows us to take advantage of this freedom. Sure YouTube has a LOT of visitors looking at the pictures, but so do blogs. Just this week I saw the increase in the number of “hits” to this blog simply due to a celebrity boost (Hey Stephen Colbert – should I say “the Springfield bump?” You know, like the Colbert Bump?) You may think that this is due to the photos of Rick Springfield, but how did people find out about these photos – they read about it – through an RSS feed, an email, etc. BECAUSE OF THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN THESE UNITED STATES.

So, next time you are about to gripe about someone’s opinion piece, the news or even a blog (hopefully not this one), consider how lucky you are to have that choice! You can choose to read, listen or change websites.

And I can choose to write.

How lucky are we!

-RFW