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Free Speech in Troubled Times
Hey all, I’m pleased to announce this presentation I’m giving on the First Amendment. I’ll be discussing much of what has traditionally counted as constitutionally protected speech, some of the valid restrictions on free expression, and some of the different ways the government can lawfully regulate protests. I will also discuss the origin of these rights, as well as how they’ve evolved over more than 200 years of American history. Indeed, from the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 to the Civil War to the First and Second Red Scare to the War on Terrorism, our free speech rights under the Constitution have been interpreted, manipulated, violated, and curtailed in response to the exigencies of the times. Both the judges who interpret the Constitution and our representatives who make/enforce the law are human beings very much responsive to their fears, the dangers our country faces, whether they're real or imagined, and political pressures from the other branches of government and the people themselves. Given that we’re living through turbulent times, it’s important to examine our current free speech rights, robust as they are, through this lens. Because if history is any guide, we may be one major crisis or war away from a limiting/curtailing of those rights like we've experienced in the past. This presentation will be a good mix of theory and history, and will be helpful to understanding the potential future we're facing. Note: The information presented at this meeting is for general educational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. I, Daniel Miller, DO NOT represent you or any attendee of this presentation in any legal matter. An attorney-client relationship has not been created by attendance at this meeting. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem.

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    What we're about

    This is a group for anyone interested in fighting back against the Trump administration, standing up for our collective and individual liberties, and advocating for our representative system of government that will surely come under assault in the coming 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 daniemiller@gmail.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.

    Best,

    Daniel Miller

    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.

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