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Powerful Images Show Americans Exercising Their Right To Assemble In 2014

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Americans gathered across the country this year to make their voices heard on issues ranging from the minimum wage to police brutality, gay marriage and abortion rights.

Take a look at some of the most powerful images from protests around the nation in 2014.

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Supporters of gay marriage gather for a rally at the Utah State Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Salt Lake City. More than 1,000 gay couples rushed to get married when a federal judge overturned Utah's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in late December 2013. In early January the U.S. Supreme Court granted Utah's request for an emergency halt to the weddings.
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Supporters of gay marriage gather for a rally at the Utah State Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Salt Lake City.
AP/Rick Bowmer
Tiffany Lundeen wears a flag during a rally at the Utah State Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Salt Lake City.
AP/Rick Bowmer
Married couple Chris Johnson, left, and David Tuma, of Ogden, Utah, hug each other during a supporters of gay marriage rally outside the Utah State Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Salt Lake City.
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Pro-choice demonstrators stand outside the US Supreme Court following oral arguments in the case of McCullen v. Coakley, dealing with a Massachusetts law imposing a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics for demonstrations and protests, in Washington, DC, January 15, 2014.
AP/Tamir Kalifa
Abortion rights advocates fill the rotunda of the State Capitol as Texas senators were wrapping up debate on sweeping abortion restrictions and were poised to vote on a measure after weeks of protests.
AP/Mark J. Terrill
Demonstrators from opposing sides confront each other while being separated by Murrieta police officers, Friday, July 4, 2014, outside a U.S. Border Patrol station in Murrieta, California. Demonstrators on both sides of the immigration debate had gathered where the agency was foiled earlier this week in an attempt to bus in and process some of the immigrants who have flooded the Texas border with Mexico.
AP/Mark J. Terrill
A pro-immigration demonstrator looks across a police line at the opposing side, Friday, July 4, 2014, outside a U.S. Border Patrol station in Murrieta, Calif.
Getty Images/Saul Loeb
Pro-immigration demonstrators participate in a vigil to support children fleeing violence in Central America to come to the United States, sponsored by the Central American Resource Center, during a rally in Lafayette Park near the White House in Washington, DC, November 24, 2014.
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Pro-immigration demonstrators participate in a vigil to support children fleeing violence in Central America to come to the United States, sponsored by the Central American Resource Center, during a rally in Lafayette Park near the White House in Washington, DC, November 24, 2014.
AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta
Demonstrators lie down along Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House during a protest against the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, Sunday, March 2, 2014.
AP/Susan Walsh
Several hundred students and youth who marched from Georgetown University to the White House to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline tied themselves to the fence outside the White House in Washington, Sunday, March 2, 2014.
AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta
People walk among teepees set up on the National Mall in Washington, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, looking toward the Capitol. The Cowboy and Indian Alliance (CIA), a group of ranchers, farmers and indigenous leaders, will host an encampment on the National Mall for a week'€™s worth of "Reject and Protect" actions against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta
Wizipan Little Elk of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, left, and farmer Art Tanderup, hold a banner in the reflecting pool on the National Mall in Washington, Thursday, April 24, 2014, during a rally to protest the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The Washington Monument is in the background.
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Don Cannon protests on the steps of New York City Hall in support of the proposed Fairness and Equity Act, which would attempt to reform racially biased arrests in regards to marijuana possession in New York state on July 9, 2014 in New York City.
AP/Mel Evans
Ed Forchion, a pro-marijuana activist known as NJ Weedman, carries a large cross with huge likeness of a marijuana leaf as he walks in front of the New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton, New Jersey, Sunday, April 20, 2014.
AP/Mel Evans
A pro-marijuana activist holds a large flag with the likeness of marijuana leaves as he stands over a highway in Trenton, New Jersey, Sunday, April 20, 2014.
AP/Elaine Thompson
Demonstrators march toward downtown at a May Day march in support of workers rights and a boost in the minimum wage Thursday, May 1, 2014, in Seattle. Hundreds of people marched peacefully in the afternoon demonstration.
AP/Elaine Thompson
Demonstrators walk toward downtown during a May Day march Thursday, May 1, 2014, in Seattle. Hundreds of people marched peacefully in support of immigrant and workers rights and a boost in the minimum wage in the afternoon demonstration, while police said they were prepared for more aggressive crowds later on.
AP/Ted S. Warren
Protesters burn signs during May Day activities Thursday, May 1, 2014 in Seattle. Police have made several arrests and fired pepper spray as anti-capitalist marchers meandered through Seattle several hours after hundreds of peaceful demonstrators took part in a May Day march in support of immigrant rights and a boost in the minimum wage.
AP/John Minchillo
A demonstrator holding a sign that reads "Not One More" marches across the Brooklyn Bridge to call for tougher gun control laws, Saturday, June 14, 2014, in New York. The protest was underwritten by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the most visible gun control advocates in the U.S., and included relatives of some of those slain in the 2012 shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
AP/John Minchillo
Josie Lando, center, reacts alongside her sister Nora, left, at a rally outside city hall to call for tougher gun control laws, Saturday, June 14, 2014, in New York.
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Actress Amanda Peet, left, holds her daughter alongside fellow actor Adam Scott, center, and relatives of gun violence victims at a rally outside city hall to call for tougher gun control laws, Saturday, June 14, 2014, in New York.
Bloomberg via Getty Images/Luke Sharrett
A demonstrator holding a red rose kneels in front of armed police officers and raises their hands above his head during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014.
AP/Charlie Riedel
In this Aug. 18, 2014 photo taken with a fisheye lens, people protest for Michael Brown who was killed by police Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Missouri.
New York Daily News via Getty Images/James Keivom
Protester gestures angrily at cops as tear gas fills the streets of Ferguson after curfew.
AP/Charles Rex Arbogast
Lesley McSpadden, center, mother of Michael Brown, marches in a protest in Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.
AP/Charles Rex Arbogast
Protesters arrive at the Ferguson Police Department Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, for a rally in remembrance of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
AP/Lynne Sladky
A protester holds an American flag with the word "Indict", during a protest Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Miami.
Getty Images/Brendan Smialowski
African-American Congressional staff and others hold their hands up during a walk-out outside the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill on December 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. Congressional staff members and others stood outside the Capitol to protest the Eric Garner and Mike Brown grand jury decisions which did not bring charges against police.
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Thousands of people gather at Washington Square to march through Manhattan to protest the police violence on December 13, 2014 in New York.
AP/John Minchillo
Demonstrators march in New York, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, during the Justice for All rally and march.
AP/John Minchillo
Demonstrators march in New York, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, during the Justice for All rally and march.
AP/Tony Dejak
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins wears a shirt calling attention to two black Ohioans killed during encounters with law enforcement before an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cleveland. The Browns say they respect the police and their player's rights to protest.
AP/Kathy Willens
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James warms up before an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center in New York. Dozens of athletes in recent weeks have responded to confrontations between authorities and black citizens in Ferguson, Missour, New York and elsewhere by wearing T-shirts bearing such statements as "I Can't Breathe" and "Hands Up, Don't Shoot!"
AP/J Pat Carter
Marijo Beckman greeted Black Friday shoppers at a Boynton Beach, Florida Walmart store Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. She was part of a group of sign-waving, chanting protesters. She is a member of the Raging Grannies. The protesters say they want the retail giant to add more full-time positions and pay employees $15 an hour. Protesters targeted Walmart stores nationwide as the holiday shopping season kicked off.
AP/J Pat Carter
Randy and Patty Evelyn greeted Black Friday shoppers at a Boynton Beach, Florida Walmart Friday, Nov. 28, 2014.

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