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The First Amendment gives us all a great deal of power by allowing us to express ourselves almost without reservation. It is important to note, however, that freedom of speech does not allow us to silence those with whom we disagree.

“Every person may freely speak, write and publish…sentiments on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of this right. A law may not restrain or abridge liberty of speech or press.”

—California Constitution, Article I, Section 2(a)

So, what can you do with your First Amendment rights? This section covers various topics, including expressing disagreement, protesting, symbolic structures, restrictions, harassment and social media.

Expressing Disagreement and Scenarios

Explore some of the ways you can use your First Amendment rights to express disagreement at UC Davis and see some scenarios that are designed to help you understand freedom of expression and what you should do when encountering offensive speech. 

> Learn how to express disagreement and how to respond to offensive speech

Planning an Event or Protest

Whether using amplified sound, bringing in a speaker or displaying symbolic structures, there are many things to consider when planning a protest or event at UC Davis.

> Learn what to consider when planning an event