USA: States increasingly introduce legislation to deter & punish protesting
Author: Yoonj Kim, MTV , Published on: 3 August 2019
"Who's Really Behind the Push to Make Protesting a Felony?", 18 Jun 2019
...Americans between the ages of 18 and 30 are more likely to have attended a protest since 2016 than any other demographic. So the news that protesting is becoming increasingly criminalized across the country is especially chilling for young people who want to make their voices heard. As of this writing, a total of 100 protest-related bills have been considered by 35 states since November 2016, 16 of which have been enacted with another 26 pending. The harshest among them target environmental activists protesting "critical infrastructure" projects like pipelines, power plants, and water treatment sites....Such legislation is a rising trend that Elly Page at the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law has been tracking ever since Donald Trump was elected president. Page has noticed two types of protest suppression laws are being put forth more regularly by lawmakers. Some raise the stakes on peaceful, nondestructive activity by protestors who physically assemble in public and private places alike; other laws aim to create new criminal offenses for conduct that had not been penalized to such an extent, such as trespassing (which is often considered a misdemeanor). Both have a chilling effect on the public's inclination to participate in one of the most accessible forms of political engagement....[Refers to Energy Transfer Partners, Pinkerton, TigerSwan].