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[WEBINAR] Right to Protest Under the First Amendment

Right to Protest Under the First Amendment

In a time where our political climate has led many to take to the streets and protest in the hopes of better protection of their civil liberties, there has also been an increase in arrests for such acts. Though a right afforded to one under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, this protection is now being called into question as the arrest rate has steadily increased as more people protest.

Join PEN America with the San Diego Lawyer Chapter and the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association to discuss how the right to protest has come under attack, specifically as it relates to San Diego. This event will provide context for understanding the protections of the First Amendment as it relates to modern-day protesting, dive into legislation that permits such, and discuss this situation on a national level. The event is hosted by the American Constitution Society (ACS).

As the nation’s leading progressive legal organization, ACS is committed to ensuring that all aspects of our events are accessible and enjoyable for all. If you require any accommodations, please LCemails@acslaw.org.


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  • Andrew Feaster, Deputy Public Defender, San Diego Public Defender
  • Nora Benavidez, Director, U.S. Free Expression Programs, PEN America; Executive Board Vice-Chair, ACS New York Lawyer Chapter
  • David Loy, Legal Director, ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties

Learn more about PEN America’s new research report, Arresting Dissent, which examines legislative threats to freedom of assembly, as well as our protest rights legal trainings.

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