Protestors' Rights

aka Right To Protest

A Win for Freedom of Speech and Occupy Nashville

By Hedy Weinberg, ACLU of Tennessee at 5:33pm
Yesterday the ACLU of Tennessee filed a federal lawsuit to protect the First Amendment rights of Occupy Nashville protesters. By late afternoon, a judge ordered the state to stop enforcing rules that violated the demonstrators’ freedom of speech and assembly.

Oakland Police Raid on Occupy Oakland Raises Serious Questions

By Linda Lye, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California at 3:35pm

Picture this. In response to a peaceful anti-war protest, the Oakland Police Department uses large wooden bullets, sting ball grenades and shot-filled bean bags, as a result of which at least 58 protesters are injured. That was 2003, and unfortunately…

Know Your Rights at the DNC!

Know Your Rights at the DNC!

By Ateqah Khaki at 3:37pm

Earlier this week, we told you about your RNC-related rights, and now we’ve pulled together similar resources specific to the Democratic National Convention.

As we mentioned before, while the First Amendment protects our rights to free…

At the RNC? Know Your Rights!

At the RNC? Know Your Rights!

By Ateqah Khaki at 6:09pm

After a brief weather-related delay, the 2012 Republic National Convention is finally getting underway. Although crowds of protestors are smaller than initially expected, as we recently pointed out, in past years, political conventions have sometimes…

Shining a Spotlight on the NYPD’s Low-Profile War on Protest

Shining a Spotlight on the NYPD’s Low-Profile War on Protest

By Taylor Pendergrass, Senior Staff Attorney , NYCLU & Katherine Bromberg, Occupy Wall Street Coordinator, NYCLU at 10:30am

When the Occupy Wall Street movement ignited last fall, there was no shortage of disturbing press reports about NYPD misconduct toward the demonstrators. We've all read stories about the NYPD’s abuses—the eviction of…

From Coast to Coast, Occupy Movement Springs Into Action

From Coast to Coast, Occupy Movement Springs Into Action

Occupy Report from Oakland (by Rebecca Farmer, ACLU of Northern California)

The May Day protests in Oakland saw a great deal of police…

Police Violence on Occupy Protestors Is Unhealthy for Democracy

By Linda Lye, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California at 2:29pm

Around California and all over the country, we have been told that Occupy encampments must come down because of "health and safety concerns." But all around the country, we have seen the police take down these encampments with an overzealous…

Yesterday’s Occupy Wall Street Evacuation: Protecting Public Health or Endangering It?

Yesterday’s Occupy Wall Street Evacuation: Protecting Public Health or Endangering It?

By Ateqah Khaki at 11:05am

Early yesterday morning, under Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s order, the New York Police Department expelled hundreds of Occupy Wall St. protestors from Zuccotti Park. Mayor Bloomberg asserted public health and safety reasons, but the New York…

Protecting Protest at Occupy Wall Street

Protecting Protest at Occupy Wall Street

By Donna Lieberman, New York Civil Liberties Union at 12:09pm

As the Occupy Wall Street movement gains steam, the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is standing beside the demonstrators and defending their right to speak their minds.

Teams of NYCLU staff and volunteers regularly visit the movement's…

NYCLU on the Scene at Wall Street Protests

By Jennifer Carnig, New York Civil Liberties Union at 5:49pm

Inspired by the Arab Spring, a group of a few hundred protesters have occupied a park right off of Wall Street for more than a week, seeking attention for what they call a greedy and unjust financial system.  The staff of the New York Civil…

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