Thursday, February 02, 2017
Legal to run you over with a car
Republicans in state legislatures are pushing bills to punish protesters. Pitch in $3 now to help elect Democrats who will protect the First Amendment.
Donald Trump's two weeks of major announcements have dominated the news cycle -- and it's giving Republicans in state legislatures cover to introduce some truly reprehensible bills that violate our First Amendment right to protest this administration.
In North Dakota, where thousands have organized against the Dakota Access Pipeline, a Republican has introduced a bill that would allow motorists to run over and kill people who protest on highways.
An Iowa Republican has proposed charging protesters who peacefully block highways with a felony, which would strip convicted protesters of their right to vote along with up to five years in prison and a $7,500 fine.
A committee of the Minnesota House recently moved forward with a bill that would fine protesters whenever the police attend their rallies and events.
These are direct attacks on our constitutional right as citizens to peacefully assemble, and they underscore how important it is for us to win elections at every level.
This is where our comeback begins. To defeat Trump in 2020, then we have to go state-by-state, city-by-city, block-by-block, and door-by-door to put Democrats in office -- for governor, mayor, city council, state legislature, you name it -- who will fight his administration tooth and nail.
We're counting on grassroots supporters right now, because state and local elections this year and in 2018 will be here before you know it. Can you pitch in $3 or more to help Democrats win across the country?
Deputy Communications Director
Democratic National Committee