What is the First Amendment?

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

— First Amendment to the United States

Your five First Amendment freedoms are: 

1. Freedom of religion: you have the freedom to think about, imagine, or believe in anything you choose. 

2. Freedom of speech: you have the freedom to speak about anything you choose. 

3. Freedom of the press: the press has the freedom to publish anyone’s stories, thoughts, or ideas in newspapers, on TV, on the radio, online, and more!

4. Freedom of assembly: you have the freedom to gather together with other people in peaceful groups.

5. Freedom of petition: you have the freedom to officially bring your concerns to the government by collecting signatures from other people who agree with you.