Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. - First Amendment of the Constitution.
So, if the First Amendment gives all American citizen's the right to assemble peaceably, how are anti-war protester's being arrested?
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"I can't understand why there aren't rings of young people blocking bulldozers," Mr. Gore said, "and preventing them from constructing coal-fired power plants."
Right-wingers jumped on Gore, claiming he wanted young people to be killed or harmed by bulldozers when Gore was simply making the point that peaceful protest is effective. In fact, a study released this summer showed that protest by social movements is one of the most effective ways to get Congress to pass laws favorable to that movement (pdf file).
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