In light of the growing tendency in America to equate dissent with anti-patriotic or un-American attitude, we find it necessary at this time to reaffirm
the right of American citizens peacefully to assemble and demonstrate whether in support or in protest against government policies.
We reiterate our long-held commitment to civil liberties and to the freedom safeguarded by the Constitution of the United States. In our democratic system,
it is not the right of government, whether local or federal, to silence dissent, however unpopular or controversial.