You have the right to free speech. This includes the right to:
- Demonstrate, such as taking part in a rally or march
- Donate to groups and political candidates, and
- Get together with other people to talk about issues.
These rights do have limits. You have to follow the law when you are using your rights. If you don’t, the police can arrest you.
Below are resources that explain your right to free speech and some issues that may arise when you are using your rights.
- Know your rights as an activist: Answers questions like:
- Can my free speech be restricted because of what I say?
- If organizers have not obtained a permit, where can a march take place?
- What do I do if I get stopped by the police?
- What to do if the police stop or arrest you: A list of actions you should take if you are under arrest. Has a printable “palm card” version at the bottom.
- Your rights when you’re under arrest: Being under arrest is also called being detained or being taken into custody. This page explains what your rights are if this happens.
- Information for federal employees: This page explains special laws about demonstrating, protesting, and exercising free speech that apply to people who work for the Federal government.
- How to contact your elected officials: Talking to your elected officials is a way to make an impact in the laws that are passed. This page will help you find out who your elected officials are, and how to get in touch with them.
- Tax deductions and year-end charitable giving: Giving money to causes you believe in is another way you can make an impact. You could also get a deduction on your taxes. This page explains how.