Did you know that a North Dakota bill was proposed in January that would legalize accidentally running over protesters blocking the roads? Or that there are bills proposed in nearly 20 states across the country trying to criminalize protests?
Emma and the people from Voice Project, a nonprofit defending freedom of expression and supporting the art of activism, do. Their message: “It’s not enough to be angry. We have to take action.”
Emma, a well-spoken, knowledgeable teen with a strong understanding of the pitfalls of these anti-protest laws, breaks down the proposed bills, pointing out the absurdity of violating the First Amendment. She details the importance of protesting: “It’s been with protests that we’ve won our hardest fights,” she says.
“It’s our future and we will not stay silent.”
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Elissa Sanci is a twenty-something writer who's now a grad student studying journalism in New York because she was reluctant to start the real world. Besides drinking too much coffee and daydreaming about traveling the world, she spends most her time writing, reading and complaining about the weather. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @elissasanci.