The Right to Peaceably Assemble
Think it's no BIG DEAL?
There was once a time when you could be arrested for gathering on a public street...
Once thought of as the lesser of the Five Fundamental Freedoms, Assembly has really gotten some major respect from the Supreme Court...
Originally, the right to assemble was considered less important than the right to petition.
Did you know that getting together to chill with friends at the mall is protected by the First Amendment?
Getting together to share ideas, coming together to share common beliefs and act upon those beliefs has given the right to assemble major street credit.
Fighting for the right to vote, civil rights and protesting war is protected by the right to assemble. Even going to church or helping with the American Red Cross is protected.
And know this...
Picketing is protected when it is for a lawful purpose and is conducted in an orderly manner and publicizes some type of grievance. Many groups and organizations use assembly as a way to get the word out.
The right of every single United States citizen to peacefully...
- Parade and Gather
- Demonstrate support or opposition of public policy
- Express one's views