Editor’s note: please see this article for an update on SB 171.
Take action: Right to Free Assembly Under Attack
From Southern Center for Human Rights:
Over the objections of the community, criminal legal reform and constitutional rights advocates, and local governments, the Senate passed SB 171, a bill that targets lawful protest in violation of the First Amendment. Tell the members of the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee that this attack on fundamental constitutional rights is not welcome in Georgia.
Georgians have a proud history of getting in “good trouble,” by exercising our rights to free speech and assembly in demand of a safer and more just world. SB 171 antagonizes the thousands of Georgians who have exercised their constitutional right to assembly to demonstrate and organize for racial justice and an end to state-sanctioned violence in recent years. Instead of meeting the community’s demands to end violence at the hands of racist vigilantes and state actors alike, some lawmakers have proposed harsh punishment of those same protesters. Audaciously named the “Safe Communities Act of 2021,” SB 171 undercuts community safety and violates the rights guaranteed to Georgia’s citizens in our state and federal constitutions.
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