Suwannee Democrat by Jim Fogler
June 5, 2020
Just a few weeks ago, we rallied to support the front lines of the pandemic — our medical professionals, employees of essential businesses and other first responders. Among those we cited were those who served to provide important information for our public’s safety during these unprecedented times.
In the span of the last seven days much has changed.
The twin challenges of a pandemic and surging unrest have redrawn the front lines in an existential struggle that is simultaneously pitting Americans against disease, economic calamity, racial division, and other Americans.
Today, I am writing to rally you in support of two essential pillars that will allow us to meet the twin challenges we now face.
Five freedoms are guaranteed to all Americans in the 45 words that comprise the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Two of those freedoms are currently under assault – the right to peaceably assemble and the freedom of the press.