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Americans for Prosperity Foundation urges public officials to support the protest rig

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Americans for Prosperity Foundation urges public officials to support the protest rig

04.22.20 07:56 AM

**** Americans for Prosperity’s sister organization, Americans for Prosperity Foundation (AFPF), cosigned a letter along with*National Coalition Against Censorship,*Freedom Forum,*PEN America, and others*asking*public officials across the country*to reaffirm their commitment to First Amendment rights, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.*** *** How we exercise First Amendment rights may change for a time to protect fellow citizens, but government should not be imposing blanket bans on the exercise of constitutional freedoms.*** ** The right to protest can coexist with the interest of government to ensure public safety, the letter*explains.*Most protesters during the coronavirus outbreak have been peaceful*and mindful of the health of their fellow citizens.*** *** Upholding First Amendment rights need not be at odds with the government’s authority and obligation to protect public health and safety. The emergency decrees that call for social distancing, wearing of face covers or masks, and limits on the size of public assemblies can regulate the*manner in which*protests occur. However, regulations should be narrowly tailored to what is necessary to protect public health and cannot be so broad that they ban protest completely or so poorly drafted that they restrict peaceful demonstrations.*** *** Most protesters have been exercising their constitutional rights without threatening the health of […]

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