Sign on as Opposition to HB 1 Anti-Protest Bill
If your organization would like to sign on to the following open letter to the Governor and the Florida Legislature to urge opposition to the Anti-Protest Bill (HB 1), please complete this form by 5p EST Wednesday, Apr 7.
The letter will be published in the Tampa Bay Times.
Dear Governor DeSantis and all members of the Florida legislature:
Our First Amendment guarantees the right to peacefully protest and assemble. HB 1/SB 484 is designed to silence dissent and criminalize peaceful protesters exercising their First Amendment rights.
This legislation was originally proposed last September by Governor Ron DeSantis in direct response to statewide protests in Florida for racial justice and police accountability in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. Under this bill, peaceful protesters could be arrested and imprisoned for up to five years and lose their voting rights, even if they didn’t engage in any violent and disorderly conduct. Additionally, it will increase violence at protests and embolden vigilantes by shielding them from civil liability if they kill or injure protesters, protect confederate monuments, and allow the Governor to overrule local budgetary decisions.
This bill is unnecessary, harmful to Floridians, and will cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars that could be better spent on addressing the real needs of Floridians: unemployment, healthcare, education, our economy.
We represent the diverse and widespread voices in opposition to HB 1/SB 484, and urge you to VOTE NO on this bill: