If you planned on rallying at the Zimmerman trial in favor, or opposition of the jury’s verdict then you will not be allowed to do so unless you use a First Amendment zone. Whatever that is…
The Miami police department has set up two separate free speech zones where people will be allowed to exercise their first amendment rights to peacefully assemble. Our copy of the Bill of Rights never specified that you had to be at either Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park: 6160 NW 32nd Ct, Miami, FL 33142, or at Goulds Park: 11350 SW 216th St, Miami, FL 33170 in order to exercise your rights as an American citizen.
In fact, the First Amendment reads,
“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.”
How then are free speech zones not a direct attempt to prohibit and restrict the exercise of free speech? Perhaps it all started taking off with the passage of HR 347, which was signed into law by President Obama making it illegal to protest and peacefully assemble virtually anywhere in the United States. In fact, under HR 347 you could be tagged with a federal felony and locked up in federal prison for up to ten years. Regardless, perhaps the protests should be about the fact that our innate rights are being taken away from us faster than John McCain can throw a tea party member under a speeding train.