Day 47: In Honor of Selma, Protect the Right to Protest!

52 years ago today, police attacked peaceful protesters in Selma, Alabama.

DAY 47 ACTION: Lawmakers in 18 states have proposed legislation to curb the right to protest. If you live in one of those states, call your State Rep and tell them to oppose the bill! 

Amelia Boynton, a civil rights leader, is carried to safe ground by protesters during the Selma March on March 7, 1965. Credit: AP.

I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually. – James Baldwin

On Day 3, we talked about how important it is to vote. The picture we featured was of civil rights leader and U.S. Congressman John Lewis, marching from Selma.

The Selma March was instrumental in the passage of the 1965 Civil Rights Act. But it was also a violent episode in our country’s history, as Alabama police brutalized protesters on national television. Today is the 52nd anniversary of this protest.

This past weekend, the Southern Poverty Law Center alerted members to bills in 18 state legislatures, introduced to restrict protests. (SPLC is one of the groups supported by 100Days100Dollars, featured on Day 24.)

Today, in honor of Selma, support the right to protest! (You may even find a protest to attend on this important anniversary, to oppose the second Muslim Ban.)

Today’s Action: Look up the 18 states with pending legislation to curb protests. If your state is on the list, call your state rep (Day 9 explains how to find them!), and tell them to oppose the bill and protect peaceful protest!


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