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August 14, 2017 – We are deeply saddened to see Rasmea leave and are angered by the circumstances under which she departs. Rasmea has worked tirelessly as a community organizer. Even the last few months, she has continued to fight for social justice, acting as one of the organizers of the March 8 International Women’s Strike.
August 9, 2017 – Defending Rights & Dissent joined with civil and human rights groups in sending a letter to members of Congress opposing the Israel Anti-Boycott Act.
August 9, 2017 – Until we can abolish for-profit prisons, let’s at lease make sure they aren’t allowed to continue to operate in total secrecy. It’s time to close the FOIA loophole for private prisons.
August 3, 2017 – Private prison companies that receive federal funding provide the same service as government agencies, but, by asserting their status as private entities, claim that they are not subject to public records laws such as the FOIA.
August 3, 2017 – Both the FBI and Trump have a troubling intolerance for dissent. Trump during his campaign called for widespread surveillance of mosques and the FBI already has confidential informants crawling throughout the Muslim community.
August 1, 2017 – We are disappointed that members of the Senate did not press Mr. Wray for a strong commitment to stand up to President Trump’s worst tendencies
August 1, 2017 – Hoover, from the very first moment he joined the Department of Justice in 1917, until to the end of his FBI directorship in 1972, was involved in continuous, willful, and systematic deprivations of civil liberties. Allowing his name to adorn the headquarters of the nation’s highest law enforcement agency sends a message of willful.
July 31, 2017 – Oakland has been a “sanctuary city,” but the label didn’t mean much because the city still had an agreement with ICE to allow its police officers to cooperate with the federal agency.
July 31, 2017 – We believe that Mr. Wray owes Congress, and the American people, a more definitive answer about his willingness to instruct FBI agents to engage in general surveillance based on religion.
July 27, 2017 – Advocates for whistleblower protections, free expression, and government transparency celebrated Whistleblower Appreciation Day on July 27, by Standing With Reality. We delivered 16,000 signatures to the Department of Justice demanding that the charges… [Read More]