This is a group for anyone interested in fighting the rise of authoritarianism in America, standing up for our collective and individual liberties, and advocating for our representative system of government that has come under assault in recent years. Indeed, we awoke on November 9th, 2016 to a world that was much more dangerous and uncertain than on the day before, and many of us were left wondering what we could do in response. How could we channel our anger, our fear, our despair, and our hopelessness into productive action?
I wondered that as well. What could I do to fight back? Well, to that end, I’ve founded the Society for Constitutional Protection. It is my hope that this group will help empower our community during these troubling times, especially the marginalized and historically disenfranchised among us who will face real danger in the years to come.
The Society for Constitutional Protection has three objectives. First, the group will educate individuals about their rights as citizens. Examples may include: what constitutes constitutionally protected speech and the right to protest under the First Amendment; and the Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. Second, the group will help educate the community about why we have these rights to begin with as well as the importance of our republican system of government, states’ rights, the separation of powers, and checks and balances. To resist the attacks on our freedoms and system, and the relentless propaganda from the incoming administration, we're going to have to become effective, compassionate advocates for our Republic. This is the only way to ensure that our friends, family, and neighbors don’t get sucked into a warped and un-American vision of the future. Third, the group will provide a forum for civic-minded people to get to know each other, become friends, and think about types of activism they can get involved in.
It is my hope that we’ll hold events at least twice a month. A list of potential events include:
1. Interactive sessions with retired law enforcement to demonstrate what you should/should not say during police encounters, and how to intelligently but cautiously assert your constitutional rights. 2. Seminars with law professors about the Constitution and American government. 3. Presentations by politicians from a variety of different parties and partisan affiliations about ways to get involved in local/state/national politics. 4. Discussion groups and talks with advocacy leaders to help us think through ways to get involved in local activism. 5. Presentations on US politics and history by top political scientists, journalists and historians 6. Presentations by fellow group members on relevant projects and advocacy they’re working on. 7. Social get-togethers like political comedy shows, group dinners, and movie nights.
If you have any suggestions about the different kinds of events we should hold or about the group in general, feel free to contact me over email at email@example.com. It is important to note, this is non-partisan group. Anyone is welcome regardless of party affiliation.
I hope to meet many of you in the coming weeks, months, and years.
Note: The information disseminated on this site, during our meetups, and through email is for general educational purposes only, and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. An attorney-client relationship has not been created by your membership in this group, and I, Daniel Miller, DO NOT represent any member in any legal matter. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem.