Freedom of Assembly and Freedom of Petition

The First Amendment to the Constitution forbids Congress from passing any law abridging the right of the people peaceably to assemble or to petition government for a redress of grievances. The Supreme Court has applied this limitation to state governments through the Fourteenth Amendment.

Top Stories

Protesters Gather at Democratic Party Headquarters, Call for Immigration Reform
Date: 9/18/14
Source: The Arizona Republic

Ferguson Protesters Make New Call for Prosecutor’s Removal
Date: 9/17/14
Source: Fox News

150 Activists block city intersection to Protest One Newark
Date: 9/10/14

Anti-Spying Group Drone-Free LAPD to Protest State Bill That Would Allow Police Drones
Date: 9/15/14
Source: KTLA 5 Los Angeles

Milton School Board OK’s Investigation
Date: 9/8/14
Source: Burlington Free Press

1-70 Protest Planned for Wednesday
Date: 9/9/14
Source: KSDK St. Louis

Protesters Demonstrate Against Police Brutality at First Friday in Downtown Phoenix
Date: 9/5/14
Source: The State Press

Detroit Police Arrest Protesters on Mack Avenue
Date: 9/4/14
Souce: NBC 4 Detroit

Fast Food Workers Take to Streets to Demand $15 Minimum Wage
Date: 9/4/14
Source: The Hill

Opponents Duel as Houston Considers Civil Rights Ordinance
Date: 4/30/14

Paying tribute on the streets
Date: 4/16/14
Source: ESPN

Man Who Disrupted Supreme Court Gets Time Served
Date: 4/15/14
Source: ABC News

Court sides with ‘Elephant Man’ barred from Albuquerque board meetings
Date: 4/10/14
Source: FOX News

Judge cites First Amendment in dismissing Keene case against Robin Hooders
Date: 12/5/13
Source: Sentinel Source

Supreme Court Considers Speech Rights of Anti-Bush Protesters
Date: 11/27/13
Source: The Wall Street journal

Ky. Gay couple fines 1 cent in fight for marriage
Date: 11/27/13
Source: USA Today

Is The $5,000 Fee On Anti-Drilling Protesters In A New House Bill Unconstitutional?
Date: 11/19/13
Source: International Business Times

School yoga protest tests flexibility in Encinitas
Date: 11/14/13
Source: UT San Diego

‘Occupy Philly’ protesters sue over ’11 mass arrests
Date: 11/15/13
Source: The Pennsylvania Record

Federal judge suspends Ohio law concerning who can collect petition signatures
Date: 11/14/13
Source: The Columbus Dispatch

Central New York parents protest: National Keep Your Child Out of School Day
Date: 11/11/13

Local rabbi plans to invoke First Amendment with menorah lighting ceremony in West Milford
Date: 11/11/13
Source: North

Religious Groups In Kentucky Petition Governor To Oppose Gas Pipeline
Date: 11/6/13
Source: The Huffington Post

Judge temporarily blocks petition drive that opposes Portland’s Congress Square Park sale
Date: 11/1/13
Source: Bangor Daily News

Group petitions for same-sex marriage in Ohio
Date: 11/1/13
Source: The BG News

Immigration reform pitch gets aggressive
Date: 10/26/13
Source: The Orlando Sentinel

Controversial Gang Injunction Overturned by Utah Supreme Court
Date: 10/20/13
Source: ABC News

Protesters want sign down
Date: 10/17/13
Source: The Harrison Daily

Homeless sue sheriff to sleep at Ohio courthouse
Date: 10/17/13
Source: USA Today

Baltimore pays ACLU $100K, allows small protests without permit
Date: 10/16/13
Source: The Baltimore Sun

Petitions seek ‘right-to-work’ vote in 2014
Date: 10/15/13
Source: The Columbus Dispatch

Shutdown Protests Take Over D.C. Memorials
Date: 10/13/13
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Florida boat captains protest government shutdown at Everglades

Date: 10/10/13
Source: The Bradenton Herald

We’re not gonna take it! Americans use 1st Amendment to storm shutdown barriers
Date: 10/10/13
Source: The Washington Times

Immigration rally allowed on Mall despite shutdown
Date: 10/8/13
Source: USA Today

A million vets are coming to DC to demand their monuments be opened
Date: 10/7/13
Source: The Washington Times

At WWII Memorial, veterans pay tribute but question closure
Date: 10/2/13
Source: Miami Herald

Students speak out as petitions circulate over transgender rights
Date: 9/24/13
Source: Hi-Desert Star

Marijuana initiative cleared for signature gathering, supporters optimistic
Date: 9/26/13
Source: KTVU

Columbia homelessness plan draws heated criticism, threat of lawsuits
Date: 8/17/13
Source: The State

30 arrested in NY during rally against drones
Date: 4/29/13

Miami-Dade camping law may clash with Supreme Court ruling
Date: 12/17/2012
Source: The Miami Herald

Police Chief Uses Unique Method To Control Homeless Population
Date: 11/16/2012
Source: CBS Sacramento

Occupy D.C. celebrates one-year anniversary with K Street protest
Date: 10/1/12
Source: Washington Post

Judge throws out mass Occupy Chicago arrests as unconstitutional
Date: 9/28/12
Source: Chicago Tribune

Protesters rally on eve of DNC
Date: 9/4/12

Occupy Tampa not doing much occupying
Date: 9/5/12

First Amendment column: In Philly parks, churches fight to feed homeless
Date: 8/28/12

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