Target: Donald Schaible, Iowa State Senator
Goal: Revoke bill that aims to remove legal repercussions for the unintentional vehicular slaughter of highway-obstructing protesters.
As political tensions have risen in the U.S., so have the number of protests nationwide. Some of these protests have taken the form of the obstruction of highways, with chains of protesters stopping traffic dead in its tracks. These highway protests have received some criticism, most notably from Republican lawmakers who wish to put an end to them by any means possible.
Taking this opposition to the extreme, a group of Iowa lawmakers have proposed a bill that would allow drivers to run over and kill protesters who block traffic, so long as the killing is deemed “unintentional,” with no legal repercussions. The very idea is chilling. If this piece of legislation is passed, it could pave the way for others like it, threatening the spirit of protest. This cannot be allowed to happen. Urge the politicians responsible for this bill to rescind it for the sake of protecting democracy and free speech.
Dear Senator Schaible,
Protest is the heart and soul of progress in America. From the Boston Tea Party to the civil rights protests of the 1960s, protests have been key in bringing about social and political change in this country. The bill created by you and your colleagues, House Bill No. 1203, is a transparent and cowardly attempt to stifle the spirit of protest. By trying to legalize the unintentional killing of highway protesters, you are discouraging American citizens from speaking out against injustice simply because it’s an inconvenience.
This bill is un-American and I refuse to support it. I demand that you, Senator Cook, and the Iowa representatives responsible for this bill withdraw it immediately and indefinitely.
[Your Name Here]
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