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Since the end of 2016, nearly 60 bills have been proposed in state legislatures which limit the right to protest or remove liability for harm caused to protesters. This wave of anti-protest legislation comes in the aftermath of the success of recent social movements for labor rights, racial justice, and environmental protections. Lawmakers, in conjunction with certain think tanks, corporations, and law enforcement agencies, have proposed legislation designed to increase penalties for individual protesters and the organizations that support them.
Please join us to learn more about the contents of these bills, their political implications, the interest groups behind them, and how to stop them from becoming laws! A panel of civil liberties experts will give an overview of all these bills, focusing in particular on so-called “Critical Infrastructure” and “Campus Free Speech” legislation. Strategies and resources for challenging these bills will be provided.
Maggie Ellinger-Locke is Staff Attorney with Greenpeace USA.
Chip Gibbons is Policy & Legislative Counsel for Defending Rights & Dissent, as well as a journalist whose work has been featured in The Nation and Jacobin.
Elly Page is a Legal Adviser with the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, specializing in the freedoms of peaceful assembly and association, and founder of ICNL’s US Protest Law Tracker.
Nick Robinson is a Legal Adviser for U.S. Programs with the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law.
Traci Yoder is the Director of Research and Education with the National Lawyers Guild.