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

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.


This pocket-sized know-your-rights booklet by the NLG is designed to be a practical resource for people dealing with law enforcement. The 16-page primer advises people of their rights when confronted by FBI agents or the Department of Homeland Security. It also includes information for noncitizens and minors. Write directly to the NGL to have a print copy sent to you.


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.