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March 7, 2021

Happy FBI Burglary Day: Celebrating the Citizens Commission to Investigate the FBI and the Demise of COINTELPRO

Sometimes, a citizen has to break an existing law in order to expose a prevailing injustice or the government’s own crimes. 
February 24, 2021

DRAD Joins Over 110 Organizations Demanding NYC Cancel Recent Hiring of 475 School Safety Officers

Dear Mayor de Blasio & Commissioner Shea: The revelation made during a City Council Education Committee hearing on February 18, 2021, that the NYPD is planning to hire 475 new school safety officers, at the expense of $20 million, is
February 18, 2021

Oscar De Priest: Black Congressional Pioneer

In becoming the first Black American elected to Congress since Reconstruction—and the son of former slaves, no less—Illinois Representative Oscar De Priest faced challenges and threats on multiple fronts. First, it was his erstwhile House colleagues, specifically long-time racists like John Rankin (D-MS) and Thomas Jefferson Busby (D-MS). 
February 17, 2021

Arkansas’s Anti-Boycott Law Violates the First Amendment

On February 12, 2021 the 8th Circuit of Appeals ruled that Arkansas’s anti-boycott law targeting supporters of Palestinian human rights violated the First Amendment. The challenge was brought by the Arkansas Times.  The newspaper that takes no position on Boycotts,
February 9, 2021

Defending Rights & Dissent Joins Press Freedom Groups in Calling on Biden Admin to Drop Assange Charges

Defending Rights & Dissent joined with a wide range of press freedom, civil liberties, and international human rights advocacy organizations to call on acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson to drop the indictment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The Trump administration
February 4, 2021

Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theories Posted Publicly on a US Department of Homeland Security Website

DHS has an unfortunate habit of asking the general public to help protect the homeland in ways that that predictably reinforce racist, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic and other profiling.
January 27, 2021

70+ Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Organizations Warn Against Repealing or Making Overbroad Changes to Section 230 in Wake of Capitol Attack

Gutting Section 230 would make it more difficult for web platforms to combat the type of dangerous rhetoric that led to the attack on the Capitol.
January 26, 2021

Fred Hampton: The Fight for Truth

Fifty-one years ago, the Chicago Police raided the office of the Illinois Black Panther Party killing Fred Hampton and Mark Clark. The police initially claimed they acted in self-defense, but this was quickly exposed as a lie. The Chicago Police
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If you liked this story, join @RightsDissent Monday 3/8 for a discussion with members of the Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI (Bonnie Raines and Keith Forsyth), The Burglary author Betty Medsger, Paul Coates, and 1971 documentarian @JHamilton71

State of the Union@CNNSotu

On #CNNSOTU, @jaketapper discusses the importance of a 1971 burglary that changed the world.

50 years ago tomorrow, our favorite burglars broke into the FBI's office in Media, PA and stole every last file therein... and exposed rampant spying and attempt so disrupt peace and civil rights activism.
@PGEddington explains it all for you:

The right to vote is the absolute floor. We must protect the right to protest for justice. That right is also under attack in state legislatures across the country.
Time for some more ‘good trouble’ on voting rights, 56 years after ‘Bloody Sunday’

50 years ago, a break in to the FBI's PA media offices revealed the existence of the Bureau's notorious and illegal COINTELPRO surveillance. On Monday, we look back at the event that changed the course of US history.

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50 yrs ago, FBI offices were broken into & what was discovered as a result changed the course of US history forever.

Join us on 3/8 at 3pm ET to talk about the event that exposed COINTELPRO w/ a panel that includes 2 of the burglars. RSVP here:


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