Amendment 1
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...or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

The right to peaceably assemble means that someone can gather together with others without fear from the government that they are a mob. People can get together with whomever they want as long as they are peaceful and not causing trouble. This applies to all groups, even if people don't like those groups. Motorcycle gangs, militia groups, vampire clubs, and the Ku Klux Klan can all meet freely as long as they are peaceful. Protest marchers and government haters also have the right to meet with whom they want to meet.


Members of the Ku Klux Klan meet at a rally.
 

.....and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Citizens also have a right to complain to the government about things that they don't like. The government even provides a way to change those things, by way of a petition. If there is a law or policy that citizens do not like they can gather signatures on petitions. These petitions are then used to place initiatives on a ballot and the people can vote about whether to change the law.


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