The out-of-state, hyper-conservative organization best known by the name ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) is again working hard to pass a bill in Illinois that would smooth the way for dirty fossil fuel projects by suppressing environmental free speech through aggressive, redundant penalty enhancements. What’s best for communities should always come first, not special privileges for polluting industries.
It’s deceptive wording paints a disingenuous picture, framing peaceful, lawful expressions of free speech as dangerous and criminal to stoke fear among legislators and the public.
In reality, there are already criminal penalties on the books for the crimes this bill pretends to address. Given the source of this legislation, we have grave concerns that it will be utilized like many other penalty enhancement laws, to disproportionately target Black and Brown people with harsher punishments and undermine progress on criminal justice reform efforts.
What you can do?
We need you and thousands of other Illinoisans to contact your legislators in opposition to this bill.
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