Protect Free Speech in Texas! Stop #SB1993 & #HB3557
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DEFEND FREE SPEECH FOR ALL
This is an Anti-Protest Bill designed to SILENCE OUR VOICES from being heard and from defending Mother Earth, the WATER, AIR, LAND, and LIFE. This Bill and all like it being proposed, is an example and reminder of the continued oppressive and colonial greed mentality against the people from having a healthy and sustainable future. WE MUST STAND TOGETHER TO STOP THIS BILL!
If approved, the new law would have a terrifying chilling effect on our constitutional right to protest. Their goal is to further inhibit individuals and organizations to engage in 1st Amendment activity around infrastructure sites. The bill turns a peaceful protest into felonies punishable by upwards of 20 years in prison with fines upwards of $10,000 for individuals, and liabilities for organizations involved in protests up to 100 times that penalty.
Under this proposed law, if an individual involved in a peaceful protest, temporarily impeded, inhibited or interfered with workers’ ability to access a pipeline, coal mine, or "critical infrastructure" construction site, that individual or any organization involved directly or indirectly could face fines of $1,000,000 or more!
The bill defines “intent to damage critical infrastructure” as entering onto or remaining on or in a critical infrastructure facility with the intent to commit “damage to critical infrastructure,” as defined above (Sec. 424.003). In other words, entering onto a critical infrastructure facility or construction site with the intent to impede, inhibit, or interfere with the facility or its construction could be charged under the bill. The provisions could thus capture peaceful protests and demonstrations that take place on or in a critical infrastructure site regardless of whether they actually impede, inhibit, or interfere with a facility or its construction. It is worth noting that the offense does not contain a requirement that an individual have knowledge that their entry onto the critical infrastructure site is prohibited, or that they do not have the property owner’s consent.
Help us protect the sacred! We have seen the devastation pipelines have brought to our relatives all over the United States and around the World. Let's not let Texas impede, inhibit or interfere on our rights to protect our water, our land and our pursuit to happiness. Stop #SB1993 Stop #HB3557.
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