Freedom for the Speech We Hate: a Legal Guide to Your Protest Rights

Whitehead, John
http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/08/24/freedom-for-the-speech-we-hate-a-legal-guide-to-your-protest-rights/

Publisher:  CounterPunch
Date Written:  24/08/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21219

A list of Constitutional questions and answers, including laws and guidelines for peaceful protesting, aimed at promoting the effectiveness of the First Amendment.

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The First Amendment acts as a steam valve. It allows people to speak their minds, air their grievances and contribute to a larger dialogue that hopefully results in a more just world. When there is no steam valve to release the pressure, frustration builds, anger grows and people become more volatile and desperate to force a conversation.
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We should be encouraging people to debate issues and air their views. Instead, by muzzling free speech, we are contributing to a growing underclass of Americans - many of whom have been labeled racists, rednecks and religious bigots - who are being told that they can't take part in American public life unless they "fit in."

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