DeRay McKesson on the Threat to Protesters' Rights
May 14, 2020
Over the last few weeks, various protests have erupted across the country in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some are related to the virus: protestors in Ohio and Michigan took to the state capitols to call for an end to their governors’ stay-at-home orders. Others are calling out an ongoing injustice: the killing, often at the hands of the state, of Black Americans. The rights of participants in protests across the spectrum could be at stake unless the Supreme Court weighs in on an important decision.
In this episode, we speak with DeRay McKesson, an activist at the center of an important ACLU case that threatens our right to protest. In 2014, DeRay protested the killing of Mike Brown by police in Ferguson, and he’s been fighting on the front lines of the Black Lives Matter movement ever since. In 2016, he was arrested after another protester (we don’t know who) threw something (we don’t know what), injuring a police officer (whose name we don’t know). If this case is allowed to move forward, it could mean the end of taking to the streets to stand up for our rights. We’ve asked the Supreme Court to stop this dangerous lawsuit in its tracks.
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