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First Amendment Resources

This page provides resources related to the represention of those whose exercise of their First Amendment rights result in arrest and prosecution. Irrespective of political ideology, the right to protest and petition the government for a redress of grievances is the foundation of American democracy. People who are charged with criminal offenses, many of whom are not persons of means, while standing up for their principles should receive vigorous representation irrespective of their economic status.

United States Constitution Amendment I: Congress 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 peaceable to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. 

NACDL has a long tradition of fighting to protect constitutional principles, and standing up for the individual against the government. While the charges against most protesters are often misdemeanors, the consequences of a criminal record have never been greater in American society. 

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