How to Flex Your Rights at Protests

The First Amendment can help

Whether you like to Occupy, Tea Party, or Bikini Flash Mob — the First Amendment protects your right to peacefully protest.

Courts have tended to support a strong and vibrant First Amendment. Its protections are far-reaching and give you great freedom to express your views loudly and publicly.

But before you make your voice heard, you want to be prepared in case your peaceful protest turns confrontational.

Limitless Possibilities of Free Expression

Government authorities cannot limit speech based on the content of your ideas. So even if others are offended by your viewpoint, you’ll have the Constitution on your side when speaking your mind.

You are free to choose the medium of your message. In addition to your voice, you are free to make signs, costumes, artwork, and handouts. You are also free to express yourself through music and performance. Your only limit is your imagination.
Remember that while provocative language is generally considered protected speech — obscene acts or threats of violence can get you in trouble. Police also have the authority to enforce reasonable noise restrictions in public areas.