As soon as Wednesday, the Texas Senate Natural Resources & Economic Development Committee could vote to advance Senate Bill 1993 (SB1993), a dangerous law that threatens the first amendment rights of individuals and advocacy organizations concerned with facilities deemed ‘critical infrastructure’.
If approved, the new law would have a chilling effect on our constitutional right to protest. The law is modeled after draft legislation promoted heavily by the ultra-right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and turns 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.
For example: under this proposed law, if an individual involved in a protest temporarily impeded workers’ ability to access a pipeline construction site, any organization involved in the protest could face fines of $1,000,000 or more!
Call members of the State Natural Resources and Economic Development Committee NOW and urge them to protect free speech and vote NO on SB1993!
When you are connected, please give them your name and zip code. Then tell them:
I am calling [senator] to urge them to vote NO on Senate Bill SB1993. The proposed bill threatens free speech and our democracy. If passed, the bill would criminalize our constitutionally protected right to protest. There are already laws on the books against trespass and vandalism – it is clear that this law is specifically designed to chill free speech of advocacy organizations. Vote NO on SB1993!