The First Amendment states that “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.” This basic freedom of the press has been taken away by our government. My peers and I are determined to fight to abolish this act with any and all means necessary. The three steps we will take will be to write a letter to our representatives, start a petition, and if all else fails, we will protest.
The first step we will take to repeal this law would be to write a letter to our representatives. We will first start with our locals and then eventually reach higher powers. The most direct way of impacting a legislator is through a letter writing campaign. The more letters a legislator receives, the more important the issue becomes. We will address the issue and keep the letter short and straight to the point.
The right to petition grants people not only the freedom to stand up and speak out against injustices they feel are occurring, but also grants the power to help change those injustices. The nonprofit community plays an active role by providing an organized medium to join citizens together in support of causes or in petition of practices that violate their cause.The second step we will take is create a petition that people who agree with us can sign. Doing this can encourage more people to support our cause, and create a voice for those who remain unspoken.
If none of the protests work, we will have protest in order to get the word out and make a statement. This act of civil disobedience is very risky, but we are willing to sacrifice ourselves for this cause. First, we will find a public location that helps reach our target audience so that the protest is as effective as possible. We will protest at a time where we are be able to gather the largest crowd and have the greatest impact on our audience. Next we will have to check with our city officials about whether we need to get a permit to protest in the location we choose. Each city has its own laws regarding how many people can protest and where they can gather. The aim isn’t just to encourage people to show up for the protest, but to capture that attention of the media, too.
My peers and I are strong with our decision in that the Congress should decide what and what no goes on air. News should be told as it is, not leaving out any detail. This Patriotic News Act is against freedom of speech and the press, and we will not sit back and let others control the media.