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High Schoolers Reach Out to Senators

On January 18th, many internet users logged on to learn that thousands of websites were coordinating a blackout to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act in the United States Senate. CitySquash high schoolers Marisela Palafox and Stacey Maceda were no different. And when Marisela and Stacy read more about the law in a CitySquash academic session a few weeks ago, they wanted to make their voices heard. Last Saturday, they came to the learning center to write letters to New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillenbrand. Censorship was the focus of the girls’ concerns. “In my opinion, the bill would go against the first amendment, which protects the freedom of speech and press,” wrote Marisela. The poor economy and the right to access content for free were also issues the girls brought up. The bills are currently being rewritten, and Stacy and Marisela urged Senators Schumer and Gillenbrand to “keep [their] arguments in mind during these revisions.”