The rights guaranteed by the First
Amendment — to speak out; to publish pamphlets
and web sites; to peaceably assemble and protest;
to petition the government — are indispensable
tools for the activists in the public interest
community. No more so than in the advocacy community
is the role of these basic civil liberties evident.
These rights protect and embolden individual advocates
and advocacy organizations whose opponents could
otherwise overwhelm them economically and politically.