On August 22, DRAD hosted a webinar about the trend of state legislation aimed at silencing some social movements. The webinar was co-hosted by the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, Greenpeace, Climate Disobedience Center, The Center for Media and Democracy, PEN America, UnKoch My Campus, National Lawyers Guild, and Piper Action Fund.
Since the end of 2016, over 60 bills have been proposed in state legislatures that limit the right to protest or remove liability for harm caused to protesters. This wave of anti-protest legislation comes on the heels of a wave of major protests by social movements for labor rights, women’s rights, gun control, racial justice, indigenous rights, government accountability, and environmental protections, to name a few. 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.
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