from “Calling on Costello: West Chester – The First Amendment” Jan. 12 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Hosted by Concerned Constituent Action Group:
From CCAG’s Facebook post:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”. — The First Amendment
“One of the risks of representative democracy is that elected officials may favor the narrow partisan interests of their most powerful supporters, or choose to advance their own personal interests instead of viewing themselves as faithful agents of their constituents. A robust right to petition is designed to minimize such risks. By being forced to acknowledge and respond to petitions from ordinary persons, officials become better informed and must openly defend their positions, enabling voters to pass a more informed judgment”. — The Constitution Center
The First Amendment includes the freedom to express opinions and carry signs that your representative may not like.
The First Amendment protects the right to communicate with government officials.
The First Amendment allows you to post comments to your representative on social media
We would like to remind our representative of these rights in light of constituents being banned from attending town halls and from being blocked on Facebook.
“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” – Benjamin Franklin
“For if Men are to be precluded from offering their Sentiments on a matter, which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences, that can invite the consideration of Mankind, reason is of no use to us; the freedom of Speech may be taken away, and, dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the Slaughter.” — George Washington