Day 44: State of Protest

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If you live in one of these states (and I know some of you do), you now have good reason to get to know your state legislators’ phone numbers. These are states in which GOP pols are introducing (or have introduced) bills to criminalize and punish protesters. These include laws that would make it illegal to wear masks or disguises, block highways, engage in picketing or ‘intimidation’ of state officials. Novel punishments extend to being kicked out of state schools (Oregon), charged with a felony (Iowa and Mississippi), civil/criminal forfeiture (Arizona) or presumptive innocence for someone running you down with a car (Tennessee).

 

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