Congress shall make no law …

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
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 Independence Day, the Missoulian is joining newspapers nationwide in launching a monthlong public service campaign to shout out our commitment to, support for and defense of the First Amendment.

Together we say: “We are proud supporters of the First Amendment and encourage all Americans to learn more about its five freedoms. Freedom of speech, press and religion, along with the right to petition and assemble, collectively form the cornerstone of democracy.”

And we want you, our readers, to say the same.

1 for All is intended to “build understanding and support for First Amendment freedoms” and to remind the public that “the First Amendment serves everyone, regardless of faith, race, gender or political leanings. It is truly one amendment for all.”

I’ll feature regular posts on this blog throughout July. By month’s end, we’ll be a community of First Amendment know-it-all, do-it-all people. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Fourth of July – or any day!

Sherry Devlin

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