Freedom of Assembly and Free Speech

In our democracy, citizens have the right to gather together in groups or to meet with each other to talk about something they think is unfair or is a problem. They also have a right to gather in groups in public places, carry signs and sing songs so that others will understand their opinion. This right is called freedom of assembly. Citizens who are unhappy about something use their freedom of assembly to protest. Citizens who assemble together must not be on private property unless they have the owner's permission. And they may not disturb others by making too much noise.

Have you ever seen people assembled together in your community?

As you view the next cartoon, think about how you would feel if this happened to you.

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