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A group of protestors gathers in New York City for a demonstration on the one-year anniversary of George Floyd's death.

One year after George Floyd's murder, right to protest is under fire

After the police killing of George Floyd last year, the nation erupted in protest with renewed demands for justice and reform. But now that right to assembly is under attack.

In the year since Floyd's death, GOP lawmakers have been pushing measures to deter protesting and toughen penalties for offenders. Nearly 100 such anti-protesting bills have been proposed across 35 states — four times the numbers introduced in the year prior.

This wave of bills parallels another effort by Republicans to roll back voting rights and access following the 2020 election. Opponents claim both legislative trends disproportionately impact communities of color who have been actively involved in protests over the last year and are more likely to face barriers to the ballot box.

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People hold candles during a vigil to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

Winners write our history

Molineaux is co-publisher of The Fulcrum and President/CEO of the Bridge Alliance Education Fund.

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On the anniversary of George Floyd's murder, the authors ask: Will Democrats, whom Black voters overwhelmingly support each Election Day, suit up and make the battle for racial justice their own?

Democrats must seize the moment or risk losing Black voters

Brossard is a senior vice president and Ivey is a senior director at Global Strategy Group, where their polling practice focuses on underserved communities of color, with a particular emphasis on the African American community.

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