from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A gathering at which people relate their experiences or opinions about a specified topic or concern.


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  • All this history of denial was the backdrop to his dramatic, unexpected coming out during a dark Wednesday evening at the UC Irvine flag poles during the University's speak-out and candlelight vigil against homophobic bigotry and hate in the wake of the suicide of gay Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi last month.

    UC Student Regent Comes Out In Wake Of Gay Suicides

  • During a "speak-out" on stage lasting over two hours, the hand painted sign that marched with protesters from the site at Westlake Park to their new home on Capitol Hill waved in the increasing wind and absorbed scattered raindrops.

    Wendy K. Leigh: Zombies Celebrate Death of Inequality

  • Since the late 1990s, some of the scheduled "stops" where a spokesman delivers a speak-out about the cruelty of the fur trade, the stores are happily gone.

    Martha Rosenberg: Thanks for Nothing: Fur Coats Becoming "Gifts" You Can't Wear Anywhere

  • Some of my Indian friends told me 'that I should speak-out about the huge environmental damage that these quarries cause, but it is very difficult.

    Hope for Tibets Environment

  • It's too many people in society and sport who have risked their livelihoods in order for the athletes to enjoy the money and fame they currently have: the least they can do is speak-out on relevant issues.

    Dexter Rogers: Is Senate Bill 1070 a Racist Piece of Legislation? Should Athletes and Politicians Take a Stand?

  • Political action group Retirement USA announced the retirement income deficit Wednesday morning as part of "Wake Up, Washington!" month, a speak-out on retirement security that will run from September 15 to October 15, 2010.

    U.S. Retirement Deficit Reaches $6.6 Trillion: 'God Help the Poor Gen Xers'

  • Uh, how about the block? fightingwords recited my poem The Most Important Thing in the World at a post-Grant decision speak-out in Oakland yesterday night and nobody tweeted a demand that she be drowned in a toilet.

    Nick Mamatas' Journal

  • April 12, 1971 was the historic moment in which for the first time in history there was a gathering of survivors -- all women, who created the very first "speak-out" -- where they shared their personal stories publicly; and over 300 people attended.

    Robin Sax: Do Girls Matter? Sexism and Sexual Abuse

  • On the day that Salazar announced his faux time out, the Native Havasupai, who make their home at the base of the Grand Canyon's South Rim, began gathering to host a weekend teach-in and speak-out against uranium mining at Red Butte, a Havasupai sacred site they hope to defend from contamination and desecration by Denison Mines 'plan to reopen its nearby Arizona One uranium mine.

    Don't drink the uranium

  • At a “speak-out” last Friday night organized by the Wichita chapter of the National Organization for Women, the stories poured out.

    Who Will Fill the Need Now that the Abortion Murders Have Resumed?


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