Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances – First Amendment, Bill of Rights, United States Constitution
The First Amendment gives United States citizens - including you – the right to free speech, to assemble, and to petition the government. Put another way, the First Amendment gives the brain injury community the right to advocate.
Advocacy can lead to change in public policy which impacts the lives of people impacted by brain injury. What does this mean for you?
It means that you have the freedom speak about your concerns. You have the right to raise awareness of brain injury through the press. You have the right to assemble with others to address topics and issues of interest to you and the brain injury community. You have the right to petition your government through your elected officials and advocate change in public policy.
The First Amendment is your Right as a United States citizen and person impacted by brain injury. This Right, which some in the world do not have, can be a powerful tool in changing your life and the lives of others. It should be honored and, most importantly, used.
At the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut, we encourage you to speak up and have your voice heard about the issues that are important to you. ‘Find Your Legislator’ makes it easy for you to find and contact your Legislative representatives.