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January Debate of the Month: Net Neutrality

January Debate of the Month: Net Neutrality

Resolved, repealing provisions protecting Net Neutrality halts governmental protection of civil liberties

 

On December 14th, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) lead by Commissioner Ajit Pai repealed provisions that protected net neutrality. As you explore this topic, it is important to understand what is Net Neutrality. Net Neutrality is the basic principle that prohibits internet service providers (ISPs) like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from speeding up, slowing down or blocking any content, applications or websites you want to use. Net Neutrality is the way that the Internet has always worked.  Repealing Net Neutrality gives ISPs the ability to discriminate against certain online service providers and will have a wide scale effect on the American public as roughly 80% of the American population uses the Internet. If this is a service used by well over a majority of the country, does the government have the ability to stop the regulation of a form of commerce that is seemingly interstate? Is repealing Net Neutrality giving ISPs the ability to stop consumers from freely expressing themselves, pursuing happiness or securing property by limiting full access to the Internet? Case law has shown that freedom of expression is the most fundamental right. With something so basic at risk, how is repealing Net Neutrality changing the way you and millions of Americans live?

Pro:

  • Since cable operators allow for the transmittal of speech, they must protect the speech and press liberties of the First Amendment.

  • Since the government has “editorial control,” ISPs are not entitled to restrict newspapers and forms of press, content and advertisements.

  • The ability of ISPs to restrict content allows them to violate the preferred freedoms doctrine.

 

Con:

  • Services provided by ISPs are owned by different providers, therefore people are not entitled to free distribution of their services.

  • Civil Liberties are not bound by the use of the Internet. Since networks on the Internet are commodities, if people want use the Internet to vocalize free expression, property, and the pursuit of happiness, they can be subject to restrictions to utilize services that allow them to do this.

  • Civil liberties allow for protection from states and the federal government. Since ISPs are not governmental entities, there is nothing that can mandate that ISPs have to protect civil liberties.

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Thought Talk: Should Allegations Against Elected Officials Warrant Resignation?

Thought Talk: Should Allegations Against Elected Officials Warrant Resignation?

In 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)  released a comprehensive study of workplace harassment in the United States, which concluded that “anywhere from 25% to 85% of women report having experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.” It’s a strikingly wide gap, but a statistic that is very substantial even in its most conservative estimate — statistically predicting that one in four women are affected by workplace sexual harassment. In October 2016, an Access Hollywood video was released with a recording of then-candidate Donald Trump bragging about how he could sexually assault women and face no repercussions. Although the rhetoric was chalked up to “locker room talk”, we have seen a rapid increase in the number of allegations against elected men on both sides of the aisle. In recent months, political figures like Roy Moore, Sen. Al Franken, and Rep John Conyers have been at the forefront of this controversy. The “me too” movement has encouraged more and more women to come forward about their experiences ending 2017 with Time magazine naming the “Silence Breakers” as the Persons of the Year. However, as many of these accusations have occurred too far in the past to be brought to court due to the statute of limitations, they will not be formally investigated or taken to court to provide the individuals who have come forward and the public with a clear verdict. But the change in perceptions has forever altered the careers of these politicians and even forced some to resign from office. Should the mere allegations against elected officials warrant their immediate resignation?

Points to consider:

  • In many cases, sponsors contribute to campaigns of these elected officials. How are their refusal to fund campaigns of elected officials with sexual assault charges changing the perception of other party beneficiaries?

  • What is the appropriate course of action for allegations?

  • Are these elected officials ever able to redeem themselves in the public eye?

  • Is this an issue that is just garnering media attraction and not invoking change to amend the problem?

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Congratulations to AZ Best Speakers

Arizona, JSA’s newest state held its Fall State Nov. 9-10. The following individuals won Best Speaker gavels.

Grace Menna, Chaparral High School

Josh Garay, Kofa High School

Jameson Nowlan, Rincon-University High School

Marina Martinez, Rincon-University High School

Freya Abraham, Maricopa High School

Lauren Benz, Rincon-University High School

Zyled Rodriguez, Maricopa High School

Ernesto Garcia, Cibola High School

Jameson Nowlan, Rincon-University High School

Samuel Rodriguez, Rincon-University High School

Quinn Mark, Rincon-University High School

Josh Garay, Kofa High School

Tessa DeConcini, Rincon-University High School

 

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Fall State Best Speakers from MW

Congratulations to our JSA members who won Best Speaker gavels during Midwest Fall State.

Masood Ahmed, Naperville North High School

Peter Baffoe, Illinois Math and Science Academy

Arshia Bhardwaj, Naperville North High School

Jennifer Blackburn, Brookfield Central High School

Seraphina Botero, Pioneer High School

Alex Busov, Houghton High School

Alejandra Campillo, D204

Diana Green, Naperville North High School

Lilah Goldberg, Lake Forest High School

Meghan Hendrix, Illinois Math and Science Academy

Tommy Henry, Lake Forest High School

Lukas Hunter, Oconomowoc High School

Rustom Ichaporia, Illinois Math and Science Academy

Miriam Ibrahim, Naperville North High School

Kiran Kasbekar, Naperville Central High School

Josh Kaytsner, Vernon Hills High School

Sydney Leidig, Marian Central Catholic High School

David Leschiner, Vernon Hills High School

Anmol Parande, Vernon Hills High School

Jack Popovich, Marian Central Catholic High School

Aditi Ram, Vernon Hills High School

Soumya Ramineni, Naperville Central High School

Andrew Rempala, Lake Forest High School

Sierra Rojas, Rufus King High School

Omar Samaniego, Morton West High School

George Schoettle, Lake Forest High School

James Sugrue, Lake Forest High School

Brenna Sullivan, Arrowhead High School

Gaurav Taneja, Naperville North High School

Andy Wang, D204

Kara Zubo, Marian Central Catholic High School

 

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Fall State Pricing Guide

Pricing package details for all Fall State conventions are listed below.  Note that these prices apply only to chapters that register online using MyJSA. The paper registration fee is an additional $10 per student.  There is also a late fee of $15 per person for chapters that do not complete their registration by the registration deadline.

Fall State Pricing Package Details 2017

CONVENTIONEARLY REGISTRATION PRICESREGULAR REGISTRATION PRICES
Southern California
(Los Angeles)
Oct. 28 - 29, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Sept. 26

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $150.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $125.00
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 16

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $185.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $125.00
Southeast
Fort Lauderdale Marriott North
Oct. 28 - 29, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 3

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $150.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $120.00
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 16

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $185.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $120.00
Northern California
Santa Clara Marriott
Nov. 11 - 12, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 13

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $150.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $120.00
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 20

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $185.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $120.00
Ohio River Valley
Sheraton Columbus
Nov. 11 - 12, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 3

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $150.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $110.00
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 30

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $175.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $110.00
Pacific Northwest
Doubletree Seattle Hotel Airport
Nov. 11 - 12, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 3

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $150.00
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee: $200.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $100.00
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 30

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $175.00
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee: $225.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $100.00
Mid-Atlantic
Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel
Nov. 18 - 19, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 10

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $150.00
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee: $200.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $110.00
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room: $220.00
Standard Registration Period: Nov. 6

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $175.00
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee: $225.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $110.00
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room: $220.00
Southern California
(Orange County)
Nov. 18 - 19, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 17

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $150.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $125.00
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 31

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $185.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $125.00
Texas
Sheraton Austin Hotel
Nov. 18 - 19, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 25

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $165.00
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee: $215.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $160.00
Standard Registration Period: Nov. 6

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $200.00
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee: $250.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $160.00
Midwest
Madison Concourse Hotel
Dec. 2 - 3, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 24

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $150.00
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee: $215.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $100.00
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room: $220.00
Standard Registration Period: Nov. 20

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $175.00
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee: $240.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $100.00
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room: $220.00
Arizona
Tucson Marriott University Park
Dec. 9 - 10, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Nov. 13

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $165.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $110.00
Standard Registration Period: Nov. 20

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $175.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $110.00
Northeast
Boston Park Plaza Hotel
Dec. 9 - 10, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 31

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $165.00
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee: $210.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $160.00
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room: $320.00
Standard Registration Period: Nov. 7

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $200.00
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee: $250.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $160.00
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room: $320.00


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