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

Whitehead, John
Date Written:  2017-08-24
Publisher:  CounterPunch
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.



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.

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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