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.
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.