First Amendment under fire: Since Standing Rock 56 bills have been introduced to restrict protests

File – In this Jan. 2, 2017, file photo, protesters rally against the Dakota Access Pipeline behind the 128th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. The front lines of the battle against the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline are shifting away from the dwindling encampment in North Dakota. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker, File)

Zoe Carpenter, associate Washington editor for The Nation, joined host Ethan Bearman to discuss her most recent article, “Since Standing Rock, 56 Bills have been Introduced in 30 States to Restrict Protests.”

The piece analyzes the surge in anti-protest legislation and the dwindling power of the First Amendment since the Dakota Pipeline protests nearly a year ago, in which hundreds of activists, and in some cases professional journalists, were believed to be unfairly arrested and charged for simply exercising their Constitutional rights.

Many of the cases against people present at the Oceti Sakowin camp (where the protest was held) last February are still pending, along with several new bills that would diminish the First Amendment further — a recurring theme under the Trump administration, according to Carpenter.

Listen to the full segment below to hear Carpenter explain some of the measures and sentiments being pitched to Congress.


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