Dear Idaho Lawmakers,
Before you, is a fundamental, ideological
choice. Make no mistake that the action you are about to take has serious
consequences for the rights of the citizens of Idaho. We are writing to urge to
stand on the side of Freedom: freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom
to actively engage in our democracy!
The right to freedom of speech and the
freedom to assemble, in visible, verbal and symbolic protest is protected by
the U.S. Constitution. These rights cannot be stripped from citizens regardless
of how unpopular or controversial the ideas may be. The
First Amendment of the U.S.
Constitution states “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of
speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble.”
Lands have long served as spaces in our nations history as citizen forums.
Historically, lands held by its citizens have served as the common ground for public
expression and protest. Protests throughout our nation’s history have taken
place in the public sphere and brought about real change that resonated in the
hearts and minds of Americans across this country. The protests of the Vietnam
War, the fight for equality for women and people of color hinged on the ability
of conscientious Americans to voice their opposition and call their government
to a higher standard.
who propose this drastic measure intend to silence dissent. Whether their
reasoning is to preserve public lands for polite discourse and limit public
opposition, or because they do not appreciate the tactics being used this day, or because life would be
easier if visible protest didn’t bring unwanted attention. But, make no mistake
it is a violation of our rights as Idahoans and citizens of this country!
history, it is people rising up in the streets, and engaging in visible protest
that have forced lawmakers to enact protections and extend liberties. These
tactics have brought about change and shifted the consciousness of a nation that
have allowed us liberties that we all
now hold dear. For our right to assemble and protest, and make our voices heard
without government encroachment is precisely the measure by which we continue
to advance our freedoms, our liberties and create states and a nation that is ever
stronger and richer for all it’s voices.
the undersigned urge you to stand on the right side of history and reject rules
that would weaken Idahoans civil liberties and infringe upon our ability to peaceably
assemble and protest and demand a better day.
United Action for Idaho
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