Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, noted that if the American people stopped being actively engaged with their governments, then Congress, state legislatures, judges, and governors “shall all become wolves”. The freedoms of speech, assembly, and association, all preserved by the First Amendment; to the U.S. Constitution, ensure that all of us can be actively engaged in both our federal government and the public affairs of the State of Idaho.
The Idaho State Constitution also guarantees that we all have the right to speak freely and work together to improve our government. Article I, Section 2, of the Idaho Constitution declares that “all political power is inherent in the people” and reserves the right for the people of Idaho to “alter, reform or abolish” their state government “whenever they may deem it necessary”. The Declaration of Rights in our state Constitution also protects Idahoans’ rights to speak and publish freely, to “assemble in a peaceable manner, to consult for their common good,” and “to instruct their representatives”.
The ACLU of Idaho is dedicated to expanding and protecting the First Amendment freedoms of expression, assembly, and association. Through assistance to protesters, publishers, bloggers, and activists, we are constantly vigilant to keep the State from trampling on these cherished civil liberties.