If you are subjected to unprecedented racially discriminatory treatment by government agencies, such as racially-motivated questionings, detentions, or harassment, we encourage you to be aware of your constitutional rights and be cognizant of using your rights to protect yourself and your family.
The best policy in minimizing any friction in daily life is to use common sense. Common sense tells us not to discuss any sensitive issues in public, when emotion are high and most people are not in the mood to discuss and hear other points of view.
There are some rights that every individual is guaranteed by the Constitution, regardless of whether or not they are a citizen.
Remember: Constitutional rights cannot be suspended, even during a state of emergency or wartime.
So what are some of the rights granted by the Constitution?
The Right to Advocate for Change
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects the rights of groups and individuals who advocate for change in laws, government practices, and even the form of government.
The Right of Association & Assembly
The First Amendment protects the “right of the people peaceably to assemble and petition the Government for redress of grievances.” Freedom of assembly is an important constitutional right. People have the right to freely and peacefully express their views through demonstrations.
Freedom of Expression & Speech
The First Amendment also protects freedom of speech, which is also referred to as freedom of expression. Freedom of expression is one of the most important clauses of the First Amendment as it is a vital freedom in a democratic system of government. The Freedom of Express clause permits the citizenry to criticize their government policies and express freely whether they agree or disagree with those policies.
The Against Unreasonable Searches & Seizures
The right to be free from any “unreasonable searches and seizures” is paramount in the U.S. The Fourth Amendment is supposed to protect your privacy. Without a warrant, no government agent is allowed to search your home of office. You can also refuse to let them enter your premises. Be mindful, however, that it is easy for government officials to monitor your telephone calls, meeting place conversations, mail, and email.
The Right to Remain Silent
The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides a number of provisions safeguarding individuals who are involved in a crime. The Fifth Amendment requires the federal government to obtain an indictment from a Grand Jury before trying someone for a major crime. Additionally, and most importantly, the Fifth Amendment protects persons against compulsory self-incrimination. That is, every person has the right to remain silent in the face of questions posed by any police officer or government agent.
What do I do if I feel my rights have been violated?
If you encounter any incidents where your rights are violated, you should not hesitate to call 911, and if possible, file a complaint with any of the respective organizations below.
American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee (ADC): (202) 244-2990
>Report any hate crimes or harassment against Arab Americans and Muslims
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>Help finding attorneys for non-citizens
Council on American-Islamic Relation: (202) 488-8787
Muslim Public Affairs Council: (202) 879-6726
National Lawyers Guild: (212) 627-2656
National Immigration Project: (617) 227-9727
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