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PEACEABLE ASSEMBLY is ABRIDGED
With speech, assembly is the most widely and commonly exercised natural right. Assembly rights are independent of other First Amendment rights. They include the right to assemble in a constitutional convention and change the structure of Government, as established in Article V of the Constitution, as well as the freedom to assemble nonviolently in public places to voice dissent. At the most fundamental level, it includes public gatherings that take place in every American city and town, every day.
Our ancestors employed the right of assembly as an instrument against British tyranny. Yet today, our Government is increasingly attempting to impose “free speech zones.” These often include fenced enclosures or “alternative venues”. The obvious purpose is to isolate speakers according to the content of their message.
To succeed, movements demand free assembly. The natural right to assemble creates one “free speech zone” – every square inch of this country. Oppressive measures, designed to conceal the existence of opposing speech from the public, destroy this natural right. Beware of attempts to broaden the definition of speech that “incites imminent lawless action” and to control public dissent using “time, place, and manner” subterfuges. Keep an eye out for federal police raiding political meetings. Cellphones have been seized, computers have been exploited, and meeting participants have been fingerprinted.
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