shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or
prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of
speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to
assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
Too often complaints about how government agencies violate the first
amendment there is a narrow focus on 'free speech' to the exclusion of
concern for the right to "peaceably ... assemble." I've said this here
before. This report from the ACLU
has that quality. It concludes: "Our words, our voices, and our
pictures are the most devastating weapons of all to entrenched systems
of injustice." What about our collective presence?