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 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.
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 experts will give an overview of all these bills, with a focus on how they are related to one another, what strategies and tools are available for challenging these bills. Confirmed speakers include:
Janaya Khan, Interim Campaign Director, Color of Change, and International Ambassador for the Black Lives Matter Network
Maggie Ellinger-Lock, Staff Attorney, Greenpeace
Nick Robinson, Legal Advisor, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Chip Gibbons, Policy and Legislative Counsel, Defending Rights & Dissent
We look forward to your participation!