Action Alert: Protect Freedom of Speech


It’s time to tell our legislators we believe in real free speech.

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SB 339 has already passed the Georgia senate (33-19 with all Democrats voting against it), and is now in the house, coming up for a vote TODAY.

Deborah Gonzalez (D-117), Spencer Frye (D-118) and Jonathan Wallace (D-119) should vote against it there, but if they’re not your representatives, we need you to call yours, plus Speaker of the House David Ralston.

Call:

Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) 404-656-5644

Make sure to tell your friends in other districts to call their state legislators, too. Don’t know who your legislators are? Find out here.

Senate Bill 339 says it expands free speech, but it only protects some kinds of speech: mostly hate speech. This bill punishes individuals for speaking out against a speaker in a manner that “disrupts the functioning of the institution” and would require colleges and universities to establish “disciplinary sanctions” for anyone who interferes with free speech. That means anyone who interrupts or shouts down hate speech.

The First Amendment only protects individuals against persecution from the government, it does not protect an individual from being interrupted.

Personalized calls are more effective than multiple calls reading the same script, so express your personal feelings frankly! Here is an example script that you can build off of or use:

Hello,

My name is [NAME], calling from [CITY]. I’m calling today because I oppose Senate Bill 339 because it denies people a reaction to speakers on university campuses spreading hate speech. The First Amendment protects individuals from persecution from the government; it does not protect a speaker from being interrupted on a college campus. Please oppose SB 339 because it does not give everyone freedom of speech. Instead, it censors what type of speech is heard on college campuses.

Thank you for the chance to share my concerns.

Feel free to modify the script, depending on whom you’re calling.

Please call them TODAY.

TELL THEM: Don’t restrict speech on college campuses!

Thanks for caring,

Legislative Action Network
Athens for Everyone

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