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November 24, 2021

From Outrage to Action: The Origin Story of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee

Twenty years ago, George W. Bush signed the PATRIOT Act into law.  And twenty years ago, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee was born. The law ripped the Fourth Amendment to shreds by expanding government surveillance powers, impaled the First
November 23, 2021

Arkansas Paper Stands Up for the First Amendment – Despite the Cost

Almost every state in the country has considered legislation designed to restrict the right to participate in a boycott. The motivation behind these bills is no secret: it is to undermine the BDS movement – a campaign launched by Palestinian
November 11, 2021

DRAD Joins National Letter Rebuking NY Plan to Transfer Women & Trans from Rikers to Upstate Prisons

On Wednesday, Defending Rights & Dissent joined with leading national LGBTQI and women’s advocacy organizations including the National Women’s Law Center, Transgender Law Center, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and the New York Transgender Advocacy Group urging New York Governor
October 29, 2021

Reactions & Analysis of the Julian Assange Extradition Appeal

The Julian Assange extradition appeal concluded in London on Thursday, October 29. Immediately following the proceedings, Defending Rights & Dissent brought together some of the best journalists covering the proceedings this week to offer their reactions and analysis, including DRAD
October 28, 2021

Human Rights Lawyer Steven Donzinger Should Not Be in Jail

On October 27, 2021, human rights lawyer Steven Donzinger reported to prison to serve a six month prison term for contempt of court.  “We’re outraged that Steven Donzinger is in jail, and disgusted by the US judiciary’s complicity in Chevron’s
October 18, 2021

DRAD Joins National Call for Biden Administration to Drop Case Against Assange

DRAD joined a national coalition of civil liberties and human rights organizations this week calling on Attorney General Merrick Garland to drop the criminal prosecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after the explosive revelations in recent reporting about how in
October 18, 2021

Defending Rights & Dissent Condemns Placement of Drone Whistleblower in Draconian Prison Unit

Defending Rights & Dissent condemns the US government’s decision to place Daniel Hale in a “Communications Management Unit” (CMU). Defending Rights & Dissent has both long opposed the use of CMUs, as well the imprisonment of Daniel Hale.  CMUs are
October 14, 2021

Timuel Black: A Vital and Cherished Part of DRAD for Over Fifty Years

Timuel Black died on October 13, just a couple months before his 103rd birthday. In addition to being a scholar, a historian, and a mentor to Presidents, Tim was a strategic organizer and activist. And, Tim was a decades-long board
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