Our Voice as Americans: Freedom of Speech, Petition, and Assembly

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On June 23, we continue our series on the U.S. Constitution with the history of freedom of speech, petition, and assembly. During our final event about the First Amendment, we will examine how the Founders’ vision for our most important liberties translates to the present day. What does free speech mean in a world of social media and political partisanship? What makes America unique in our right to petition the government against grievances and abuse of power? What historical role has our right to protest played in shaping social discourse, government action, and law?

Our featured speaker for this important conversation is constitutional scholar and journalist, Linda R. Monk, J.D., a Harvard Law School graduate and former USCHS Board Member. Her book on the U.S Constitution, The Bill of Rights: A User’s Guide, was awarded the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, its highest honor for public education about the law.