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Group Appealing to the President for the Release of Political Prisoners (1922)

Library of Congress, National Photo Company Collection

Imagine that you have a message to share with the president. Perhaps you are upset with something that is happening or want to bring attention to an issue that you are passionate about. For more than 100 years, people have exercised their First Amendment rights to speak out using Lafayette Park as their stage and the White House as their valued audience. These protests have, at times, influenced legislation and encouraged government action. Demonstrations at the White House have taken the form of nighttime vigils, marches, picketing, and other peaceful activities.