Day 41: Protect Our Constitutional Right to Protest

Day 41 Action:

Here’s something you may not remember 41 days in: we live in a democracy. A democracy, you say? Explain yourself WKTB! Well kids, in a democracy, The People have a voice. The People are allowed to express that voice and, in fact, Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Assembly happens to be a person’s Constitutional right in this democracy. But there are those (oddly enough, the same those who claim that over-regulation is killing our country) who want to put those freedoms in a box… with a lock… and then run them over.

At this time nearly twenty states, 36% of our nation, have bills that mess with that pesky Freedom of Assembly constitutional right. There are actually bills in process to enable prosecution of peaceful protesters and/or to make it lawful to RUN OVER people practicing these inalienable truths (you think we make this stuff up?). Ten of these states are: Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Virginia, and Washington. (Source: Fight for The Future)

Full Run Down of all 18 States
Republican lawmakers introduce bills to curb protesting in at least 18 states – The Washington Post

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This graphic is missing Oregon, Georgia, Mississippi and Florida

Lee Rowland, senior staff attorney with the ACLU, reports “…I’ve never seen a coordinated attack on protesters’ rights anywhere near this scale,” Rowland said. “What all of these bills have in common is they may be dressed up as being about obstruction or public safety, but make no mistake about it: These are about suppressing protests with draconian penalties so that the average person would think twice before getting out on the street and making their voice heard.” – The Washington Post


Actions and Organizations:

CALL your U.S. House of Representative’s Rep and tell them you’re against any law that restricts Freedom of Assembly and free speech.

SIGN the petition via Fight for The Future to tell those ten states: “Organizing and participating in protests is a basic Constitutional right guaranteed by the First Amendment. I urge all lawmakers to reject any legislation that criminalizes protesters.”

SHARE this information on social media – especially if you live in one of these states.

KEEP USING YOUR VOICE – KEEP PROTESTING – KEEP SHOWING UP

Photo Credit: @Anti-Trump

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