“After the world saw the collective power of Indigenous communities coming together at Standing Rock, big oil felt that they had to do something to stop future protests like Standing Rock from happening,” said Falcon, who works with the Indigenous Environmental Network, in addition to organizing in Texas. “We see states stepping in and passing bills like this because they see our power as well, and they see that America is on the brink of climate chaos.”
“The lawsuit, filed Wednesday by the Center for Constitutional Rights, argues that the law is “so vague, overly broad, and sweeping in scope that people in the state cannot be sure of where in the vicinity of Louisiana’s vast 125,000-mile network of pipelines they can legally be present, who decides where they can be present, or what conduct is prohibited.”
Today’s suit is brought by three public interest organizations — RISE St. James, 350 New Orleans, and the Louisiana Bucket Brigade — as well as 10 individuals, who either face felony charges under Louisiana’s critical infrastructure law or who say their First Amendment rights to speech, expressive conduct, and assembly have been chilled by fear of facing felony charges, in part because it’s so difficult to know what conduct is legal or illegal under the Louisiana law.
A lawsuit filed today in federal court in Louisiana challenges the state’s “critical infrastructure” law, used to press felony charges against fossil fuel pipeline construction opponents, as unconstitutional.
Environmentalists and activists arrested for protesting around the Bayou Bridge pipeline have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a state law passed last year that allows
BREAKING: Water Protectors, journalists and community members join land owners, environmental organizations and the best legal team ever in filing a federal lawsuit today in the District Court in Baton Rouge, Louisiana challenging the constitutionality of the critical infrastructure law aimed at criminalizing pipeline construction protests.
Similar laws are being passed across the country as 15 water protectors and journalists are facing 5 years in prison since this law was enacted in Louisiana in August 2018.
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L'eau Est La Vie Indigenous Women's Advisory Council Leader Anne White Hat will give more information about being the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit filed today challenging the constitutionality of Louisiana's "critical infrastructure" bill HB727. ALEC is pushing this legislation across the country with a similar bill just passed in Texas. Indigenous communities across America have been leading the fight to have these unconstitutional bills overturned in higher courts.
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