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. This guide is particularly useful for those attending or organizing a protest, for those interested in documenting protests, and for those stopped by the police while protesting.
Created by the National Lawyers Guild, this guide breaks down the status of our political and civil freedoms in the context of a public health crisis. Is it legal for the government to shut down protests during a pandemic? What are our rights in regards to digital organizing? Read on to find out.
This recent ACLU Twitter thread breaks down our Constitutional rights as they relate to protesting and explains what to do if you believe your rights have been violated by law enforcement officials or other actors.
How has COVID-19 impacted our digital rights? How can technology empower its users and promote freedom and justice? The Electronic Frontier Foundation's declaration on COVID-19 and digital rights responds to these questions and others related to the intersection of technology, free speech, surveillance, and censorship.