Right to Peaceful Assembly: Your First Amendment

Over the next few hours, days, weeks or maybe months people around the county will be exercising their right to peaceful assembly guaranteed under the constitution.

” the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for redress of their grievances.” U.S. Constitution Amendment I

Deploying to combat zones around the world with the U.S. military this is one of my most cherished freedoms. Because we have the right to assemble I believe that at times it’s our responsibility to take advantage of it.

Like the violence protesters meet with in North Dakota speaking out against the desecration of Native land, and for protection of the land and water against the Dakota Access Pipeline, other protests around the country will face police brutality in many forms.

Stay strong, stay peaceful, you have a right to make your voice heard.

President Trump unleashed waves of hate during his campaign as a tactic to win the election. In convincing a segment of the white population that somehow they have been wronged and someone is getting what they themselves deserve, he used one of the oldest tricks in the book: Divide and Conquer.

Resist hate: it will be a long road to recovery to convince this population that we all have more in common than different.

Resist daily, no matter how inflammatory a situation becomes.

Uphold justice every day, on the bus, in the grocery store.

Face your own DAPL protests in your community

And keep assembling, silence will be taken as agreement with those who promote hateful thoughts and actions.

America is already great. Believe it and like ripples out from even a small pebble thrown into a pond, we will make it known.

About Frances Wiedenhoeft

After a lifetime in nursing, anesthesia and the Army I now write, blog, attend school for journalism and massage, and watch my 3 grandchildren. I am a veteran of Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan and try to serve other vets such as myself, and to work for peace.
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