Know Your Rights: Protests, Laws, Law Enforcement and You

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

 

QUICK CLICKS: Interactive/Printable/Sharable PDFs
 


PROTESTS: organizing, participating & documenting

ADVOCACY ORGANIZATIONS


National Lawyer’s Guild (NGL)

Information about what your rights are and how to exercise them are readily available through the NGL.  CLICK HERE to learn more.

 

 


NAACP


American Civil Liberties Union

“The First Amendment protects your right to assemble and express your views through protest. However, police and other government officials are allowed to place certain narrow restrictions on the exercise of speech rights. Make sure you’re prepared by brushing up on your rights before heading out into the streets.” –ACLU website

 

These PDFs are one page print outs  from their online resource outlining the laws to be mindful of.  These laws protect you while expressing your First Amendment rights: make sure that you and those you affiliate with are well versed in the laws that in theory, are all there to protect us.

Know Your Rights: PROTESTS, LAW & LAW ENFORCEMENT

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ENCOUNTERS WITH THE POLICE (in day-to-day environment)

Being stopped by police is a stressful experience that can go bad quickly. Here we describe what the law requires and also offer strategies for handling police encounters. We want to be clear: The burden of de-escalation does not fall on private citizens — it falls on police officers. However, you cannot assume officers will behave in a way that protects your safety or that they will respect your rights even after you assert them. You may be able to reduce risk to yourself by staying calm and not exhibiting hostility toward the officers. The truth is that there are situations where people have done everything they could to put an officer at ease, yet still ended up injured or killed.-ACLU Website

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WALLET/POCKET RESOURCES:

 


Specific Protest Laws by State

https://civilrights.findlaw.com/enforcing-your-civil-rights/protest-laws-by-state.html

PDF form: STATE LAWS & PROTESTING


ONLINE READINGS/VIDEOS ON PROTESTS, RIGHTS, LAWS & LAW ENFORCEMENT