Know Your Rights in Wyoming

Know Your Rights

Everyone has basic rights that are protected by the U.S. Constitution and civil rights laws. When you know what the law says, you are then better equipped to protect yourself, your family, and your community.

That's why we are hosting Know Your Rights trainings every month through January. Each event will cover a different topic, so register for one that most interests you or sign up for all of them!

PROTEST RIGHTS – Sept. 25, 2020
The First Amendment protects your right to assemble and express your views through protest. However, police and other government officials are allowed to place certain narrow restrictions on the exercise of speech rights. Make sure you're prepared and know how to defend yourself before heading out into the streets. At this one-hour training, we will dive into your right to protest and how to exercise that right.

VOTING RIGHTS – Oct. 16, 2020
Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy and the fundamental right upon which all our civil liberties rest. Which is why the ACLU of Wyoming works daily to protect and expand access to the ballot for every Wyomingite. At this one-hour training, we will talk about your rights are as a registered Wyoming voter and how to exercise your hard-earned right on Election Day or before.

FREE SPEECH RIGHTS AND DRESS CODES ON CAMPUS – Nov. 13, 2020
Freedom of speech, the press, association, assembly, and petition: This set of guarantees, protected by the First Amendment, comprises what we refer to as freedom of expression. It is the foundation of a vibrant democracy, and without it, other fundamental rights, like the right to vote, would wither away. At this one-hour training, we will discuss what your free speech rights are and how dress codes might affect your day-to-day life in the classroom and on campus.

YOUR RIGHTS WHILE INTERACTING WITH POLICE AND OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT – Dec. 4, 2020
Being stopped by police is a stressful experience that can go bad quickly. Here we describe what the law requires and also offer strategies for handling police encounters. We want to be clear: The burden of de-escalation does not fall on private citizens — it falls on police officers. However, you cannot assume officers will behave in a way that protects your safety or that they will respect your rights even after you assert them. You may be able to reduce risk to yourself by staying calm and not exhibiting hostility toward the officers. The truth is that there are situations where people have done everything they could to put an officer at ease, yet still ended up injured or killed.

SUS DERECHOS DURANTE LA INTERACTA CON LA POLICIA Y OTRA CUMPLIMIENTO DE LA LEY – 18 de DICIEMBRE DE 2020
Ser detenido por la policía es una experiencia estresante que puede ir mal rápidamente. Aquí describimos lo que la ley requiere y también ofrecemos estrategias para manejar los encuentros policiales. Queremos ser claros: la carga de la desescalada no recae sobre los ciudadanos privados, sino sobre los agentes de policía. Sin embargo, no puede asumir que los oficiales se comportarán de una manera que proteja su seguridad o que respeten sus derechos incluso después de que usted los haga valer.

Es posible que puedas reducir el riesgo para ti mismo manteniéndote tranquilo y no exhibiendo hostilidad hacia los oficiales. La verdad es que hay situaciones en las que la gente ha hecho todo lo posible para tranquilizar a un oficial, pero aún así terminó herido o muerto.

LGBTQ+ AND TWO SPIRIT ADULTS – Jan. 8, 2021
Everyone has the right to express themselves, live their lives authentically, and love who they want to love. However, even with recent Supreme Court wins, we know the fight for equality for LGBTQ+ and Two Spirit Wyomingites is far from over. Join us at this one-hour training to learn more about what your rights are, and how to defend yourself and your family from discrimination.

Please pick which Know Your Rights training you would like to attend below. Zoom URLs will be provided after registration.

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If yes, please email us at acluwy@aclu.org to let us know how we can help at least one week prior to the event you register for.