On January 20, Donald J. Trump will take the oath of office and swear to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. During his presidential campaign, his statements and actions called into question his commitment to constitutional principles, including the freedom of expression. Of specific concern were his threats and insults directed toward journalists, arbitrary limitations on media access and comments in support of potential legal reforms that would weaken First Amendment protections. Donald Trump's campaign tone and rhetoric also fostered the rise of threats and actions by many of his supporters directed against people of color, Muslims, Jews, immigrants, the disabled, LGBTQ people, and women.
The United States is recognized globally for having the broadest and most powerful protections for free speech in the world. But those protections are now under attack.
In the face of this very real threat to our most basic rights, we must stand united to defend the First Amendment, the very foundation of our democratic system. Please join us and become a co-signer of the pledge to:
As American residents, writers, artists, and readers, we will stand united to preserve, protect and defend our right to a free press, to express our opinions, and to engage in dissent, and we will work tirelessly to protect these rights for all. Become a co-signer of the pledge to defend the First Amendment, the very foundation of our democratic system.
18 Million Rising
American Family Voices
Center for Popular Democracy Action (CPD)
People Demanding Action
People For the American Way