Day 5 Week 16 – To Be Or Not To Be

6 mile easy pace, cool &71 degree.

First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

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.

A year ago, Unite the Right protest in Charlottesville, Virginia turned violent when a speeding car rammed into the counterdemonstrators. Heather Heyer, 32 years old , was killed and 35 others injured.   On Sunday, Unite the Right will meet again.  This time in Washington DC. Details here.

Peaceful assembly is a constitutional right in America.  Any groups as long as they follow the rules can protest/ demonstrate their cause. So Unite the Right and others are within their right to gather on this first anniversary of the Charlottesville rally.

However, free speech is not free. While nobody likes to see the history repeats itself this weekend, I guarantee there will be those who leverage the politics of hate and are ready to exploit the opportunity to fan the emotions of the masses.

Personally, I would not venture downtown on Sunday.  How about you?

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