“We have the right to protest on the sidewalk,” I remember being told. Later declarations of rights gave citizens of other states the right to peaceful assembly - North Carolina (1776), Massachusetts (1790), and New Hampshire (1784). 2. Connect with friends faster than ever with the new Facebook app. Â The right to assemble is not, however, absolute.Â Government officials cannot simply prohibit a public assembly in their own discretion, but the government can impose restrictions on the time, place, and manner of peaceful assembly, provided that constitutional safeguards are met. But when I walked down 17th Street with Black Lives Matter, I found out for the first time how disgustingly bitter pepper spray smelled. Inspector General | NAACP v. Alabama (1958) An Alabama law requiring associations to disclose their membership lists was struck down. XIV, Â§ 1, available at http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_amendments_ 11-27.html; see Hague v. Amend.  For example, in Chicago, Illinois, an applicant for a permit for a public assembly must indicate (among other things) the date, time, and location of the proposed assembly; the name, address, and on-site manager of and twenty-four-hour contact information for the event organizer; and the estimated number of attendees and the basis for that estimate.Â Chicago Dep’t of Transp., Notification of Public Assembly, http://www.cityofchicago.org/dam/city/depts/ cdot/permit/Applications/Public_Assembly_Notification.pdf (last visited Sept. 19, 2014).Â In Los Angeles, California, an applicant for a permit must provide information about (among other things) the date, time, and location of the proposed assembly; the name, address, and telephone number of the sponsoring organization and an official of that organization; and a description of how the event is to be conducted, including public notification plans. C.I.O., 307 U.S. 496, 512 (1939), available at https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/ 307/496/case.html. Commentary: The right to a peaceful assembly is for some, not all. The report also reviews the relevant case law of … Â, Andrew M. Winston Â The Supreme Court has held that it is constitutionally permissible for the government to require that a permit for an assembly be obtained in advance. Accessibility | Perhaps unsurprisingly, more than half the regional documents cited (12 of 19) are European in origin, with the majority of those being decisions of the European Court of Human Rights. Legal | In contrast, when the local group Black Lives Matter DC organized a protest in Lafayette Square Park, the police met protesters in riot gear with mobile fences up, blocking off the paved area and forcing the protesters to stay on the lawn — far away from the White House. However, in many circumstances, peaceful protestors are … London officials had locked the hall and forbidden Penn "to preach in any building" so he took his sermon to the streets.