Do you know your rights to protest?


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Do you know your rights to protest?

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A 24-hour protest at the Fulton County Justice Center at 395 Pryor St SW, in last summer in Atlanta was aimed at bringing attention to the number of black men killed by police. JOHN SPINK /JSPINK@AJC.COM

Do you know everything about your rights to peacefully protest?

Center for Civil and Human Rights, 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., will hold a special lunch and learn from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 17 that offers legal and practical information for people who organize or participate in a nonviolent

The panel will include Assistant Chief Rodney Bryant of the Atlanta Police Department, who most recently served as Deputy Chief of Community Services with oversight for coordinating public demonstrations; Jeffery Reid, Emmy award winning 11Alive News journalist; and Peter Canfield and Jamila Hall, partners with the law firm Jones Day, who will provide an overview of constitutional rights and legal considerations involved in protests.

Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed met with leaders of recent protests, including Black Lives Matter.

“We are seeing an increase in the frequency of protests in light of recent events and our political climate,” Derreck Kayongo, CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights said in a release about the event. It is time to educate protesters on how to get the most from their efforts and statements.”

The event is free but registration is required and space is limited. Lunch will be provided.

Perhaps not so coincidentally, the luncheon will be held the day after the nation celebrates the birthday one of the dean’s of peaceful protect, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

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