This Legislation Won’t Stop Protests - But Here’s What Would

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Above Photo: Eleanor Goldfield ACT Out

As capitalism and its racist, sexist, ecocidal, homicidal and bigoted tenets push forwards, protests have been on the rise. And it is in fact our right to protest – it says so in the First amendment.

Lawmakers, however, seem less interested in considering human or civil rights than they are in considering their peace, quiet and pocket books. Recently, 12 bills, filings, laws and proposals have been brought forward to directly curtail our exercise of Freedom of Speech, Press and the Right to Petition our Government – aka the First Amendment.

In this special segment, we lay out the vehemently anti-dissident ideas popping up in state legislatures all over the country – from hit and run laws to getting put in jail for laughing; asset seizure for attending a protest to a $1 million fine for organizing a direct action. These creeping authoritarian style moves are directly made to intimidate, silence and destroy those fighting for justice.

Interestingly enough, much in the same way that bombing innocent people only creates more terrorists, throwing down a gavel against protesters will only create more. The real efficient way to get your freeways unblocked and your streets unclogged is to listen to the demands of the people who want clean air, clean water; who want to stop being killed because of the color of their skin. These basic human rights are non-negotiable and no amount of legalese will stop people from fighting for them

  • homer crad

    Act out are nothing but crybabies! go suck a lemon.

  • Aquifer

    Folks have to understand that laws already on the books are being used to squash and punish dissent …..

  • rgaura

    `Interestingly enough, much in the same way that bombing innocent people only creates more terrorists, throwing down a gavel against protesters will only create more.´
    Yes, and its time we realised that these interests want chaotic, weak states, and poor populations scrambling for subsistence, so that they can continue to exploit and pollute. They have no interest in creating a healthy environment, healthy societies, or any semblance of justice.
    Its up to us to expose and shame these players, and stop begging and pleading and reasoning with them.

  • DHFabian

    Whether protests are brought to an end or not, is yet to be seen. We could learn much from our own 20th Century history of People’s movements. If you want to go somewhere, first figure out where you are and where you want to go.

    Protests are merely expressions of disagreement with particular issues,
    and are not a movement. A broader and INCLUSIVE agenda is required to build a movement. In this era, protests have actually played a role in more deeply dividing us by class and race. This has been tremendously self-defeating.

    Building a movement at this point is essential to prevent becoming a firm fascist (by definition) state. Under the circumstances, it is also one of the greatest challenges we’ve ever faced. We needed to use the years of the Obama administration to realistically assess our overall situation, and begin bringing people together, to push back for the common good. Some tried. There wasn’t enough public interest. In fact, those who are not on the right wing are only more deeply divided by class, race, and ideology than we were eight years ago.

  • DHFabian

    Begin by looking at our own communities. By today, our middle class are almost shockingly ignorant about our poverty crisis — the result of years of deregulated capitalism. The overall quality of life in the US went from being rated at #1 when Reagan was first elected (far from perfect, still a work in progress) down to #48 by the time Obama was elected.

    Can whatever still remains of the middle class even see that the US overall has slowly been transitioning into just another third world labor state that discards those who aren’t of current use? That they are next in line? That our role today is to serve international corporate interests?