The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund pamphlet, “March for Science: Know Your Rights,” was produced to help you understand whether your activities surrounding the April 22, 2017 March for Science — or any other demonstration — are constitutionally protected.
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects “the freedom of speech,” as well as “the right of the people peaceably to assemble,” also known as the right to demonstrate. Different limitations to your rights may apply depending on whether you work for the government or a private institution. If you are a federally funded scientist or a government employee, these constitutional rights may be limited in certain ways and open records laws may apply to you.
Authored by CSLDF attorneys, with assistance from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the pamphlet is available as a free download to print and share.
This pamphlet concerns U.S. laws only and does not constitute specific legal advice. If you have legal questions regarding a particular circumstance, please call your lawyer or contact us directly by emailing email@example.com or using our web form.
Thank you to the ACLU for guidance in creating this pamphlet, and for allowing us to adopt parts of their publications.