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The march toward civil rights for African-Americans is the best example of all five First Amendment freedoms at work, but at the heart of the movement were assembly and petition.
Measure, which awaits President Obama’s signature, already has drawn the ire of Westboro Baptist Church’s Fred Phelps.
In the name of security, public safety and even decorum, battle lines already are being drawn over who will be able to say what, where, when and how.
Once reserved for restraining violent individuals, tasers and other non-lethal weapons now often are used to stifle protest.
California appeals court finds restriction violated minor’s right to access the government building.
Narrowly focused laws seem to have replaced hasty police actions rooted more in passion, politics and polemics than in public welfare.
Ruling on this date in 1966, Supreme Court said non-disruptive sit-in by five black men at Louisiana library was not breach of the peace.
Balancing First Amendment assembly rights with public safety, security is an achievable goal for cities hosting this year’s political conventions.
Although the recent anti-Wall Street demonstrations may appear novel, a look back at time reveals that occupation as a form of protest isn’t new.
With “Occupy” and union protests, 2012 is picking up where 2011 left off: Assembly is often at the top of the news, if not our collective mindset.
Court sets a First Amendment-friendly tone and offers one approach to ‘living with each other’ in a civil society.
Looming over every demonstration is the First Amendment’s protection of assembly and petition — still a huge barrier to authorities who would wish the anti-Wall Street movement to evaporate along with the last wafts of tear gas.
Occupy Nashville incident reveals problems that arise when police employ an ‘arrest ’em now, sort ’em out later’ policy in dealing with protesters and reporters.
In most cities, ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protesters could show up at a public park every morning and go home at dusk, and there would be no challenge to their presence.
Even those who see themselves as disenfranchised — as some “tea partiers” and “occupiers” both have claimed — find that their voices are not stilled, their protests not muffled by representatives of the most powerful government on Earth.