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  • Too Close to Home

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    The benefits of protest are not always obvious. Demonstrations are not persuasive in and of themselves, but they encourage discussion and introspection.  In the market place of ideas, they open the door for change and help define and protect civic space.

  • Jeff Sessions Wants to Know if You Visited an Anti-Trump Website

    sticker at construction site in DC says "resist Trump" with Disrupt J20 website

    In a terrifying move, the DOJ has served a warrant on web hosting platform DreamHost demanding the IP addresses of all 1.3 million people who visited DisruptJ20.org, the information hub for Inauguration Day protests.

  • Statement on Rasmea Odeh’s Departure From The United States

    Rasmea Odeh

    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.

  • Defending Rights & Dissent Joins Civil and Human Rights Groups in Opposing Israel Anti-Boycott Act

    Defending Rights & Dissent joined with civil and human rights groups in sending a letter to members of Congress opposing the Israel Anti-Boycott Act.

  • Secrecy & Prisons Are a Toxic Mix

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    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.