The Freedom of Association is a basic tenant in our Constitution. Indeed it is the bedrock upon which Unions, Trade Groups, Religious Organizations, and Community Organizing exist. All of them qualify as Associations. In the US, no one can tell you who to associate with. There are as many groups, organizations, and clubs as there are stars. Every single one of them are practicing this very important right. It has been reaffirmed by the Supreme Court and is unassailable.
Where to Associate, That Is The Question
While we may all be free to meet and talk with whomever we like, there are limits on your Freedom Of Association. Obviously, if your group plans to harm others or engage in illegal activities, this right can be abrogated. But for 99.99% of us, having a secure, private place to meet is the challenge. The go-to place since the American Revolution has been our private homes. However, exercising that right can get you in trouble with your HOA. As many of us already know, there is a big difference between having a right and actually exercising it.
Associating On a Budget
No matter what your group is or what they call themselves, they are an association. The question to be answered is how to exercise YOUR Freedom of Association.
Depending on your mission or cause, here are a few suggestions:
- Your Home – Cheap, attendees come to you, cleaning and setup required.
- A Restaurant – Free, food purchase requirement, interruptions from others.
- A Bar – Really? A Bar? We will just leave it right there!
- The Beacon Center – yes, a shameless plug. But one heck of an affordable place to hold your gathering.
The Beacon Center, Guardian of Freedom
Ok, so that may be an exaggeration. While we are Veteran owned and we honor our Country every day, we are a business. A business that specializes in clean, safe, private and affordable space for your Association to meet. Why not visit our website, take a virtual tour and then schedule a real one. Come see for yourself how easy and affordable your own Freedom of Association can be exercised