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Debate: Are Anti-Protest Bills Unconstitutional?

Dozens of states have introduced bills that crack down on protests. If passed into law, they would expand the definition of rioting and increase penalties for certain non-violent activities. The anti-protest bills come after a year of widespread demonstrations following George Floyd’s murder. Some argue they are necessary to help curb violent rioting and looting. Others say the bills violate the First Amendment rights of protesters and are meant to discourage them from gathering. Listen to learn more about the flurry of new bills and then debate: Are anti-protest bills unconstitutional?


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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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