The ACLU of Illinois helped to clarify an issue regarding a local woman's First Amendment right to peacefully assemble in a letter to the City of Peoria this week. Shelby Cooper, organizer of the city's first Million March Against Child Abuse was told that she would need to pay for a permit, and would need proof of insurance coverage for her event. She contacted the ACLU who stated in the letter:

“In general, the First Amendment generally bars government from requiring a permit when a group, especially a small one, marches on a public sidewalk in a manner that does not burden pedestrian or vehicle traffic,” the letter stated.

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