Target: Doug Ericksen, Republican Senator for Washington state
Goal: Don’t prevent Americans from demonstrating their First Amendment right to assembly.
Doug Ericksen, Republican Senator for the state of Washington, is planning on proposing a bill that would outlaw any form of protest the government believes would be economically damaging or harmful to “private citizens” or the government itself. In his bill, Erickson associates this First Amendment right with terrorism. Those who donate money to protests would also be held accountable. Anyone caught protesting or donating would be charged with a felony.
He argues that protests cause “fear, intimidation, and vandalism” and are not “political expression.” While he did not blatantly acknowledge the protests currently occurring against President-elect Donald Trump, it is convenient that his proposed bill would be introduced while these protests are occurring.
His bill is dangerous because there is no clear definition of what he would deem a dangerous or damaging protest. This bill, if passed, could be used to silence Americans as they voice their opinions. Such a bill is dangerous to the right of assembly our founding fathers made possible. Sign the petition to demand that the senator throw out his bill before it moves any further in the state’s senate.
Dear Senator Ericksen,
Recently, you proposed a possible bill that would outlaw certain forms of protest. Anything the government deems damaging to the economy, private citizens, or the government itself would be considered illegal. Those donating to the protests would also be punished. All involved would be charged with a felony under your bill.
Your bill is extremely dangerous. You not only associate protests with terrorism, you never specify what exactly constitutes an illegal protest. This will give the government the ability to shut down any assembly it does not agree with. This goes directly against our nation’s First Amendment. Americans have a right to be heard. Our democracy has flourished because of this right and sets our nation apart from the world’s authoritarian regimes. I demand that you revoke your proposed bill. You were elected to office to protect Americans and their rights, not rob them.
[Your Name Here]
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