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article imageIn photos ─ Observing the First Amendment in Washington, D.C. Special

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By Leigh Goessl     Apr 30, 2013 in Politics
Washington - At a time where many feel some freedoms are being eroded in American society, First Amendment rights are still valued. This is evident in Washington, D.C., as at any given time, numerous people can be observed expressing themselves on a variety of issues.
The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution affords the right to freedom of speech and the right to assemble. In an age where people fear losing some freedoms, for instance under the Second and Fourth Amendments, many are exercising their rights under the First Amendment.
Sometimes the gatherings are heavily organized and result in large crowds, while other forms of free speech, demonstration or expression, are more subtle. Then there are the numerous advertisements or posters that speak out about officials, policies or issues.
Posters  such as this one  are a common sight. This particular one was spotted at a Metro Station ne...
Posters, such as this one, are a common sight. This particular one was spotted at a Metro Station near the Capitol building just prior to the 2013 inauguration.
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A photo snapped at a stop sign down on the National Mall.
A photo snapped at a stop sign down on the National Mall.
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A poster located on a street. Unfortunately  I can t recall for sure  but believe it was near the Wh...
A poster located on a street. Unfortunately, I can't recall for sure, but believe it was near the White House.
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The U.S. Constitution protects the right to assemble, but the gathering must be peaceful, according to law.
A group gathers last summer as an anti-fracking rally is about to begin in front of the U.S. Capitol...
A group gathers last summer as an anti-fracking rally is about to begin in front of the U.S. Capitol building.
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A group of protestors heads down to the Capitol s lawn to join the rally
A group of protestors heads down to the Capitol's lawn to join the rally
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In March 2013 opponents and advocates of same-sex marriage gathered in front of the Supreme Court.
In March 2013 opponents and advocates of same-sex marriage gathered in front of the Supreme Court.
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March for Life rally 2013
March for Life rally 2013
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A man stands solo holding up his signs in front of the White House on a rainy April day in Washingto...
A man stands solo holding up his signs in front of the White House on a rainy April day in Washington.
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This protest has been in front of the White House as long as I can remember. The only time I did not...
This protest has been in front of the White House as long as I can remember. The only time I did not see the tent here is during the days surrounding the presidential inauguration.
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The gentleman manning the tent said that a group of volunteers take turns keeping a constant presenc...
The gentleman manning the tent said that a group of volunteers take turns keeping a constant presence in front of the White House. This protest began in 1981.
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Recently  when on the National Mall  I observed a group of young people gathering. The group was com...
Recently, when on the National Mall, I observed a group of young people gathering. The group was comprised of members from all over the country; they were making a film expressing their concerns over economic issues.
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 If I had a trillion dollars....  These are some of the things this group said they d buy.
"If I had a trillion dollars...." These are some of the things this group said they'd buy.
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Regardless of where one stands on an issue, every voice counts. It's important each is heard.
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