Response to Protests

Missouri Senate Bill 579 #CriminalizesDissent

Missouri Senate Bill 579 (SB 579) mandates individuals convicted of certain offenses against police officers and other first responders are ineligible for bail, probation, or parole.

Individuals convicted of resisting or interfering with arrest are also ineligible for probation or parole in certain circumstances.

For SB 579 Background & Talking Points click here.

Contact your Missouri state Senator and House Representative.

Repeated Civil Liberties Violations

Police have responded to police accountability protests both nationally and locally with an ever increasing military presence.

There has been repeated abuse of the “unlawful assembly” law, disbursing demonstrations and teargassing demonstrators without justification which prompted the ACLU of Missouri to file a lawsuit on Sept. 22, 2017 that resulted in an injunction.


The “Race Papers”

On March 19, 2018, the Color of Change and the Center for Constitutional Rights “filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release the contents of the agency’s blacked-out memo referred to in government documents as the ‘Race Paper.’”

“Advocates argue that the existence of the ‘Race Paper’…confirms the targeted surveillance that many Black activists and organizers around the country have reported, and raises alarming questions about the agency’s approach to Black people engaging in protected First Amendment activity.”

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#CriminalizingDissent #RacePapers #CoIntelPro #Surveillance


US Protest Law Tracker: Blue Lives Matter Laws

In November of 2016, the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) created the US Protest Law Tracker to follow initiatives at the state and federal level that restrict the right to protest. This site is updated regularly.