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May 14, 2021

We Should Never Forget the Lessons of the Jackson State Massacre

By Cody Bloomfield May 14, 2021 On May 15, 1970, police fired over 400 bullets and pieces of deershot into a student dorm at the predominantly Black Jackson State University. Police originally mobilized on campus in response to student protests;
May 12, 2021

Is ‘Student Activism’ a Four-Letter Word? Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. and Student Speech

Last week, the Supreme Court heard an important case about student free speech rights. The case, Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. concerns a cheerleader who was suspended from her junior varsity cheerleading team following a Snapchat post where she
May 1, 2021

Commemorating May Day 2021

May 1, 2021 By Chip Gibbons Today is May Day, commemorated throughout the world as International Workers’ Day. Although May Day is celebrated by the vast majority of countries, it is not an official holiday in the United States. Yet,
April 29, 2021

Jordan Cove Pipeline Protests: Is the FBI Still Spying on Activists?

By Patrick G. Eddington April 29, 2021 It’s been over three months since the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission threw a regulatory wrench into Canada-based Pembina Pipeline Corporation’s proposed Jordan Cove liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal project, and the legal battle
April 28, 2021
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DRAD and Others Urge End to Previously Secret Facial Recognition Program Operating in the National Capitol Region (Maryland, DC, and Virginia)

April 28, 2021 Today, Defending Rights & Dissent joined two dozen other organizations to urge an end to the funding for the National Capital Region Facial Recognition Investigative Leads System (“NCR-FRILS”) pilot project, halt the use of the system, and
April 26, 2021

Defending Rights and Dissent Statement on DC Police Settlement With Trump Inauguration Protesters

April 26, 2021 The Metropolitan Police Department has settled two separate civil suits stemming from their arrest of Trump Inauguration (“J20”) protesters. The police have agreed to pay out $1.6 million to the plaintiffs, not challenge their requests to expunge
April 22, 2021

The FBI, Judas, and the Black Messiah

  While the assassination of Fred Hampton took place five decades ago, new revelations about the FBI’s role in Hampton’s death are still emerging. Researchers Aaron Leonard and Conor Gallagher have been key to these developments. In their quest to
April 22, 2021

Journalists on Trial

By R.A. Bloomfield April 22, 2021 In May 2020, police pepper sprayed and detained Des Moines Register reporter Andrea Sahouri while she was covering a Black Lives Matter protest. Body cam footage of the incident shows Sahouri blinded by pepper
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Campus police don't need assault rifles and armored trucks. The 1033 program militarizes college and K-12 police. And campus police are accountable to the university president - not any elected official. Support student protest by demilitarizing police.

Police militarization exacerbates over-policing of communities of color and suppression of protests.What 1033 doesn't do is, well, anything useful. There is zero evidence 1033 transfers reduce crime.
https://abcnews.go.com/US/providing-police-military-gear-reduce-crime-protect-officers/story?id=74518923

We're talking about the 1033 program because there's a bill in Congress ending it.

Tell your representatives to support the Demilitarizing Local Law Enforcement Act of 2021. Action link below.
https://rightsanddissent.salsalabs.org/endthe1033program

"America’s problems with police militarization are caused not only by the use of military equipment and military tactics, but also by ideologies that envision police as an occupying force." @ACLU
End 1033.
https://www.aclu.org/news/civil-liberties/its-past-time-to-end-the-federal-militarization-of-police/

#OnThisDay May 15, 1970: Police fire on Jackson State students, killing two. This story of militarized police showing up to a protest and targeting Black bystanders is depressingly resonant today.
https://www.rightsanddissent.org/news/we-should-never-forget-the-lessons-of-the-jackson-state-massacre/

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