"Under the first amendment, we have a right as Americans to protest,” Gene Policinski of the First Amendment Center. “It's really in our DNA. We need to let people know that dissent is not disloyalty. Dissent is part of our governing process. ... It will lead to changing minds for votes. It may lead to changes in policy. That is as protected as your right of freedom of religion or your right to speak.”
Class discussion: Have you ever participated in a protest? Should protesters be protected by the Constitution? What legal restrictions should be placed on protests? Have protesters been arrested, injured or killed? Have police been injured of killed in protests? How have protesters changed America’s laws or policies? What impacts have protests had on other nations? Find examples of how protests have changed history.
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