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  • Anti-Protest Legislation Still Pending in Legislatures Across the Country

    protesters at US Capitol with signs opposing Trump and Muslim ban

     The fact that they were introduced is troublesome and dangerous.  It is through protest, an essential part of American life,that we are given the abilityto speak out and challenge events and injustices.  That power should be protected, not infringed upon, so that it can continue to shape and influence our American polity.

  • So Now They Want Us to Pay to Protest on the National Mall?

    view of the 1963 March of Washington, crowds fill the space from the LIncoln memorial to Washington monument

    The National Park Service wants to start charging fees to hold protests on the National Mall as part of a new set of regulations the agency is proposing. They are also eyeing new restrictions on several public sidewalks in DC overseen by the Park Service, including in front of the White House and in front of the Trump hotel.

  • Defending Rights and Dissent Recognized for Transparency and Stewardship.

    books published by DRAD including "Terorism and the Constitution" and "First Amendment Felon"

    Defending Rights and Dissent was recently recognized for our transparency with a 2018 Gold Seal on our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile!

  • It’s Constitution Day! It’s only as strong as the will of the people to demand our rights.

    The Constitution of the United States of America

    We at Defending Rights & Dissent believe in the tradition of popular constitutionalism, which looks to movements for defending, expanding, and enriching our democracy, for leadership in making our Constitution real. The promise of our Constitution is still powerful, but only if we seek to fulfil it.

  • Artists, Poets, Activists Ask “Is Truth Melting Away?” In a Series of Events Sept. 21-23

    a giant ice sculpture of the word "truth" melts with the US Capitol in the background

    DRAD has teamed up with PEN America, the Corcoran School of Art and Design and artists Nora Ligarono and Marshall Reese to host a weekend of For Freedoms programming as part of a 50 State Initiative in which concurrent decentralized public events across the country will reflect a multiplicity of voices and spark a national dialogue about art, education, commerce, and politics.