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  • Defending Rights & Dissent Statement On Forcing RT America To Register As Foreign Agent

    Regardless of what one thinks of RT America, and people have every right to criticize their coverage, the DOJ’s decision to force them to register under FARA threatens press freedom.

  • Celebrate the Life of John Raines

    John and his wife Bonnie lived most of their lives harboring a deep secret about a crime they committed in 1971 that changed the course of U.S. history.

  • Due Process Is Impossible at Guantanamo

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    The morass around Abd al Rahim al Nashiri’s military trial provides the latest evidence that due process is systematically denied at Guantanamo.

  • A Game of Hunger Strike Chicken

    protester dressed in hood an orange jumpsuit with sign "I am still waiting for your humanity" in front of the white house

    Since September, as the result of an opaque administrative policy shift, medical officers at Guantanamo have stopped force-feeding hunger strikers and stopped monitoring their deteriorating health. This move betrays a disregard for the lives of the men held prisoner there.

  • LA Will Rally to Close Guantanamo on January 11

    President Donald J. Trump has refused to close the barbaric detention center at Guantanamo. On the contrary, he made a campaign promise that “We’re gonna load it up with some bad dudes,” Because Guantanamo remains open and in operation, Trump could mak… [Read More]

 

  • Press Freedom Groups Join Defending Rights & Dissent in Demanding Charges Be Dropped Against Journalists Arrested When Covering Inauguration Protest

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    Aaron Cantú and Alexei Wood journalists who were covering a protest march on Inauguration Day 2017, in Washington, DC. They face a number of charges, including engaging in a riot, conspiracy to riot, inciting a riot, and property damage. Since some of the charges are felonies, they face potentially decades in prison. Cantú and Wood were arrested and charged for simply doing their jobs as reporters. Their prosecution endangers press freedom in the United States

  • Take Action: Political Expression Is Not A Conspiracy

    The DOJ is turning political expression into conspiracy and free assembly into a crime. They are using a shocking legal theory: if you attend a march where other individuals engage in vandalism you are collectively liable for their acts and should face decades in prison. Ditto if you’re a journalist who is merely covering the event

  • Small Independent News Outlets have Outsized Impact

    Fighting fake news is not the only or best way to ensure that our content ecosystem prioritizes real news. This week, a groundbreaking article in Science proves that a better way to secure a media system that works for democracy is to strengthen independent news outlets.

  • Portlanders Again Fight to Cut Ties to JTTF

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    Today in Portland, OR, a coalition of 23 local civil liberties, civil rights, and peace and justice groups called on the city council to withdraw the city’s police from the Joint Terrorism Task Force, an FBI-led coalition of law enforcement agencies wh… [Read More]

  • Statement on the Attack in New York City

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    This tragedy should not be used to further erode civil liberties nor should it be used to incite racial and religious prejudice.