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The Resources page is a warehouse of information on your rights. Whether you are planning a demonstration, or wanting to learn more about your rights if Immigration Agents (ICE) show up at your door, the information is here. President Trump has said that for every policy his administration implements two will be dismantled.Which is why this page is full of quick tips and tools designed to help you know your rights given these sudden, disruptive policy changes. Very soon, sections on Religious Liberties and National Security will be added. Below is a list of the categories and information currently available. Please scroll down for more details.
Free Speech Rights
- General Guidelines
- State Guidelines
- Other information on free speech
- Immigrants’ Rights and Detention
- ICE and Border Patrol
- Immigrant Youth’s Rights
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Free Speech Rights
It is important to know your rights if you want to organize a protest. The information and links offered below serve as general guidelines and knowledge that you should be aware of before demonstrating.
For general guidelines concerning free speech, protests, and demonstrations click here: Know Your Rights on Free Speech (ACLU)
The processes for submitting permits vary by location. Both individual state constitutions and the First Amendment to the United States Constitution protect your right to free expression. But there are many things to consider upon deciding to organize and speak out. The guides below have been designed to help you answer the following:
- When do you need a police permit?
- Are there things you cannot say or do?
- Are there any limitations on when or where you can demonstrate?
- What about civil disobedience?
Most of the guidelines listed below have been developed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). If you would like to learn more about the ACLU’s position on freedom of expression, I suggest you read their position paper on the subject. Their Know Your Rights guides on demonstrations are designed to answer common questions. To be clear, below is a list of things that distinguish what the ACLU guides do from what they do not.
What the ACLU guides do:
- Outline your free-speech rights under the U.S. and Individual state constitutions;
- De ne the limits to your rights, including when speech may not be protected;
- Outline the steps you may take to keep your demonstration lawful;
- Give you the tools to recognize when your rights have been violated.
What the ACLU guides do NOT:
- Advise on political strategy or on the nuts and bolts of how to organize a protest;
- Provide specifics on local ordinances or on state laws outside of the state selected;
- Replace legal counsel, should you be arrested, or believe your rights have been violated.
More Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about free speech rights available here.
Other information on Free Speech Rights:
- Repression of peaceful protest; Flag burning or desecration; Protest buffer zones; Spying on protesters
- What to do if your rights are violated at a demonstration or protest
Please select the link to the state in which you would like to conduct your demonstration. For information on other states please visit the state’s ACLU website.
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All of the information provided below is offered in multiple languages. Click on the links and select your preferred language.
Immigrants’ Rights and Detention
ICE and Border Patrol
- What to do if ICE is at your door
- What to do if you are stopped by the police, immigration agents, or the FBI
- What to do if asked about your immigration status
- Searches and warrants – what to do when encountering law enforcement
- What to do when encountering law enforcement – additional information for non-citizens
Immigrant Youths’ Rights
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