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The first 10 amendments to the Constitution, called the Bill of Rights, was signed into law on September 25, 1789.
Here's the first amendment:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Two weeks ago in Houston, 22 activists shut down an oil export channel to call attention to those hit hardest by the impacts of the oil industry and the broader climate crisis - and they got arrested. They were charged under the critical infrastructure law (pushed by Koch Industries, Marathon Petroleum, ExxonMobil and Chevron) - and a violation of the law is a felony.
From what I can determine, the law was passed in 1950, and Harry Truman used in to nationalize the national railroad industry.
Since we are now a net EXPORTER of oil, using the law to punish people interested in protecting the environment seems to be unjust, as well as UNCONSTITUTIONAL.
I haven't seen much about the Houston protest in the news, but became aware of it due to a letter from Greenpeace.