Lawmakers in Five States Introduced Legislation to Criminalize Peaceful Protests


Number of states where Republican lawmakers have introduced legislation to criminalize peaceful protests. The Intercept: “On Saturday, the Women’s March on Washington will kick off what opponents of the incoming administration hope will be a new era of demonstrations against the Republican agenda. But in some states, nonviolent demonstrating may soon carry increased legal risks — including punishing fines and significant prison terms — for people who participate in protests involving civil disobedience. Over the past few weeks, Republican legislators across the country have quietly introduced a number of proposals to criminalize and discourage peaceful protest.”

Tea Party Totalitarianism in Maine: Governor Has Labor History Mural Removed

First section of mural, others posted below the fold
First section of mural, others posted below the fold

This is how authoritarians behave:

A mural depicting vignettes of state and national labor history was removed over the weekend from Maine’s Labor Department headquarters in Augusta, Gov. Paul LePage’s office said Monday morning.

The 11-panel mural that includes images of worker strikes and “Rosie the Riveter” was moved into a storage facility over the weekend, said Dan Demeritt, the governor’s director of communications and legislative affairs. It will be kept in storage until it can be “transfer[red] to a more appropriate venue,” he confirmed to POLITICO.

Here’s how their spokespeople sound when they try to justify Dear Leader’s censorship: