Right to state grievances and request relief

Reference

Amendment I to the U.S. Constitution
"Congress shall make no law ... abridging ... the right of the people ... to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Articles

Blueprint for Dictatorship: Recent legislation sets us up for tyranny, by Justin Raimondo, 30 Apr 2007
Describes how the Defense Authorization Act, the Military Commissions Act and changes to the Insurrection Act could be used to impose martial law in the United States
"Why insert the bolded phrase – unless your objective is to widen the category of miscreants to include those exercising their First Amendment rights? No one expects an insurgency to be launched in this day and age in America, yet peaceably assembling to protest government policies can easily be interpreted to include 'obstructionists' who might be 'dispersed.'"
Related Topic: Militarism
Joan Kennedy Taylor, by Jeff Riggenbach, 14 Jan 2011
Biographical essay, including a review of Taylor's book Reclaiming the Mainstream: Individualist Feminism Rediscovered; transcript of "The Libertarian Tradition" podcasts of 28 Dec 2010 and 12 Jan 2011
"In fact, 'there was only one political avenue open to them [American women in the 1830s], and they discovered it — the First Amendment right to petition.' The petition process was an important tool of the abolitionists from early on. ... 'This first petition,' Joan wrote, 'was routinely sent to Congress's standing Committee on the District of Columbia, which didn't act on it. But more and more petitions against slavery began arriving in Congress.' Within a couple of years, 'in December 1833, a national American Antislavery Society was formed. ... It promoted the sending of petitions to Congress.'"

Cartoons and Comic Strips

The Princiiple of Our Right to Petition The Government vs. The Reality ..., by Wiley Miller, Non Sequitur, 9 Apr 2007