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Petitioning President Obama

Veto The “Anti-Free Speech” Bill

Our right to assemble and speak freely in protest of the government is under serious threat.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted nearly unanimously (388-3) in favor of H.R. 347, the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011, which would impose federal criminal charges, including prison time, against people who participate in protests at locations protected by the Secret Service or identified as being of “national significance” by the Department of Homeland Security.

We can’t let this one fly under the radar. Please call on President Obama today to veto a bill that threatens our free speech and tears at the fabric of our democracy.

Letter to
President Obama
Dear President Obama,

Please veto H.R. 347, the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011, which threatens the long history of American protest protected by the First Amendment.

This wide-reaching, frightening bill tears at the fabric of our democracy, and would undermine your legacy.

At the exact same time that corporations have been given unbridled influence over our democracy by the Citizens United ruling, which protects corporate money as free speech, the peoples’ right to assemble and speak freely is being diminished.

A measure of our democracy is how the government treats its dissenters, please make sure this bill does not become law.