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March 26, 2020

A Guide for Activists on Stay-in-Place Orders

Defending Rights & Dissent has been working with community organizations to make sure necessary public health precautions don’t inadvertently lead to increased over-policing. We’ve prepared this guide that can help.
March 25, 2020

Media Advisory: Local Groups Call On Dc Law Enforcement To Halt Nonviolent Arrests, Limit Police Interactions During “Stay-at-home” Mandate

On Wednesday, March 25 at 3:30 PM (ET), Defending Rights & Dissent participated in a press briefing with other DC community leaders via conference call. FOR
March 18, 2020

Responding to The Coronavirus Requires Transparency, Not Xenophobia

The world confronts a frightening and dangerous pandemic, and urgent action is needed to protect public health. But xenophobia, secrecy, and lies are not the cure.
March 18, 2020

Voting Rights Groups Call on Election Officials to Act Now To Protect Voting Rights

"If states and localities act swiftly, we can create an elections system that operates safely, efficiently, and accessible to all. Under no circumstances should the November general election be canceled or postponed."
March 17, 2020
US Capitol

Score One for the Privacy Hawks!

Last night, privacy hawks won a decisive, if temporary, victory against the surveillance hawks who control the House and Senate (specifically, Speaker Pelosi (D-CA), Jerrold Nadler
March 16, 2020

DRAD Urges US Senate to Vote Against Cloture on the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2020

On Monday, March 16, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will attempt to invoke cloture on the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2020 – that means
March 13, 2020

Defending Rights & Dissent Official Statement on the Release of Chelsea Manning

“It was well past time for Manning to go free,” said Defending Rights & Dissent Policy Director Chip Gibbons. “However, Manning should never have been imprisoned to begin with. She testified extensively under oath during her court martial. This highlights the fact that the US government was likely abusing the grand jury to continue to retaliate against her exposing their crimes. That the grand jury itself is connected to an unprecedented attempt to use the Espionage Act against a publisher of truthful information shows that the US government is engaged in an all out war on truthtelling.”
March 11, 2020
person wearing a FBI JTTF windbreaker at a press conference with other police

What the Inspector General Report on FBI Assessments of Homegrown Violent Extremists Misses

The FBI’s use of assessments and its homegrown violent extremism designation are both highly controversial. Yet, the OIG ignores this completely, taking their existence for granted.

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.@MayorBowser, we are urging you to place a moratorium on nonviolent arrests & limit police-general public interactions during your DC #stayathome order. Read the letter here:

We joined a growing list of local & national groups last week calling on @MayorBowser to to place a moratorium on nonviolent arrests and limit police-general public interactions during the DC #stayathome order. Read the letter here:

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#BREAKING DC issues stay-at-home order amid coronavirus threat

A public health crisis isn't a justification for a blatant illegal power grab by Trump's DOJ! Tell Congress to reject Bill Barr's request for expansive emergency powers.

Staying at home doesn't mean staying silent. We made a resource for our fellow troublemakers who won't stay silent while we #stayathome.

How do we make sure #stayathome orders don’t infringe on civil liberties or lead to increased policing? A guide for activists.

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