SCSJ: “Politicians in Raleigh have made clear that they are willing to sacrifice the Constitutionally-guaranteed right to free speech“
DURHAM, N.C. (August 31, 2021) — Today, the North Carolina House passed HB805, an anti-protester and anti-BLM bill designed to stifle Constitutionally-protected free speech, assembly, and protest.
Marcus Pollard, Counsel for Justice System Reform at Southern Coalition for Social Justice made the following statement:
”With the passage of House Bill 805, politicians in Raleigh have made clear that they are willing to sacrifice the Constitutionally-guaranteed right to free speech, assemble, and protest in an attempt to deter and criminalize protests surrounding the taking of Black lives. This bill sends a strong message that our legislature’s priority is not protecting the fundamental rights of Black North Carolinians and we’re demanding the Governor use his veto pen to send it where it belongs: to the dustbin of history.”Marcus Pollard, Counsel for Justice System Reform
North Carolinians can urge Governor Cooper to veto HB805 at scsj.org/freespeech.
Communications Director, SCSJ
The Southern Coalition for Social Justice, founded in 2007, partners with communities of color and economically disadvantaged communities in the South to defend and advance their political, social, and economic rights through the combination of legal advocacy, research, organizing, and communications. Learn more at southerncoalition.org and follow our work on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.