Policing Protests

Date(s) - 09/29/2015
12:00 pm - 12:50 pm

Room 5046, UNC School of Law

ProtestThe recent arrests of Black Lives Matter protesters have raised an issue that has always plagued protest movements: nuisance laws and other “content-neutral” restrictions that can effectively silence dissent. In this panel, attorneys and activists will discuss the importance of protest in a democracy, the First Amendment rights at stake, and law enforcement’s handling of protesters. These are the panelists:

  • Scott Holmes (UNC Law ’98), attorney at Brock & Meece, PA, and assistant professor and supervising attorney for the civil litigation clinic at North Carolina Central University School of Law. Holmes has been representing protesters in court for a decade, including the Black Lives Matter Protesters who were recently arrested in Durham.
  • June Beshea, UNC senior and organizer of The Real Silent Sam movement, which seeks to provoke critical dialogue about monuments and buildings in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.
  • Desmera Gatewood, Durham activist and organizer for movements including Black Lives Matter and N.C. Raise Up for $15. Gatewood is getting her master’s degree from the American University School of Public Affairs.
  • David Ardia, an assistant professor in the UNC School of Law and co-director of the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy, will moderate.

Pizza will be served!!

Tagged: 1AD2015, First Amendment Day
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