Protecting the Right to Protest Fund

Type of Activity: Project Grant
Grantee: Proteus Action League
Amount: $100,000 in 2018

What is Proteus Action League?

The Protecting the Right to Protest Fund, a project of Proteus Action League, is a rapid response fund to state groups combatting legislation that would restrict the freedom to assemble. In addition, they coordinate a national network of organizations that serve as support to local actors.

Why do we think this organization is important?

Peaceful protest is a quintessential exercise of the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment. Throughout American history, it has been a key strategy to hold government accountable to the people and to advance democracy. In recent years, there have been an increase in the number of bills introduced to discourage protest, with policies ranging from significantly increased civil fines for protestors and increased criminal penalties for specific forms of protest.

In response to these bills, the Protect the Right to Protest fund is able to quickly disperse grants to organizations to conduct public education, engage their communities, and advocate for freedom of assembly. The Protect the Right to Protest Fund also helps advocates develop messaging, learn best practices from one another, and hone their communications strategies. Their national network, Protect Dissent, provides support to state groups and works collaboratively to protect this fundamental Constitutional right.

How is Democracy Fund Voice supporting Proteus Action League?

Democracy Fund Voice approved a grant to Proteus Action League in the amount of $100,000 in 2018.