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LWVOakland President's Blog

"Threats to a Cornerstone of our Democracy"

Well, what next? Democracy is certainly experiencing challenges and as the League of Women Voters, we cannot sit on our hands. We must speak out. The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." Freedom of the press is a cornerstone of our democracy. We must have a free press! It is deeply concerning that someone elected to lead our country is attacking our press. For President Trump to claim that the majority of the press is lying to us, that he alone is telling the truth, and furthermore that he will protect us from the press, is patently absurd. It is also extremely dangerous.

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