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A Good Debate: Whose Streets? The Case For and Against Disruptive Protests

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2528 Nicollet Avenue

Minneapolis, MN 55404

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A new generation of protesters is becoming increasingly disruptive, blocking streets, shutting down transit lines, and occupying major thoroughfares to demonstrate against fatal police shootings across the country and in Minnesota.

Those that support the right to these demonstrations cite free speech and freedom of assembly. On the other hand, some believe protests that obstruct traffic pose a public safety risk, and that free speech doesn’t include actions that put others in danger.

How should Minnesotans respond to protestors blocking highways? The Minnesota Legislature passed a bill this year, authored by Rep. Nick Zerwas (R), that would have increased penalties for protestors that block traffic, arguing that the measure would “preserve the public’s right to safety and reliable transportation.” The bill was vetoed by Governor Dayton, stating, “Current law gives law enforcement the authority and tools needed to protect public safety.”

Rep. John Lesch (DFL) also opposed the bill, arguing that such a proposal would “misguidedly intimidate Minnesotans from exercising their rights to free speech”.

Are disruptive protests that block traffic putting the general public in harm’s way? Or is the right to these demonstrations crucial for meaningful dissent?

Join us on June 26 at 6pm at Icehouse in Minneapolis for A Good Debate with Rep. Zerwas and Rep. Lesch as they discuss their sides of the argument surrounding disruptive protests. We will allow ample time for audience questions and comments as well.

This is our very first Good Debate event! Stemming from the Citizens League Voice, our quarterly publication for our members, the impetus behind A Good Debate was a recognition that meaningful conversation and respectful, evidence-based discourse is lacking in the public sphere. Our desire is model thoughtful dialogue that encourages disagreement and discourages rancor.

This Good Debate event is generously sponsored by Comcast, with additional support from Darla Kashian of RBC Wealth Management.

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