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January 20, 2021
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A Chorus of Voices Warns Against Creating a “Domestic Terrorism” Charge

a new federal domestic terrorism statute or list would adversely impact civil rights and — as our nation’s long and disturbing history of targeting Black Activists, Muslims, Arabs, and movements for social and racial justice has shown — this new authority could be used to expand racial profiling or be wielded to surveil and investigate communities of color and political opponents in the name of national security
January 9, 2021

Civil Society Groups Warn Against Anti-Protest Legislation Following Siege of US Capital

January 7, 2021

You Know What Would Have Happened If They Weren’t White

On the same day in February 2018 that would have been the 23rd birthday for Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager killed by George Zimmerman in 2014, Philadelphians woke to find their city vandalized.  Overnight, downtown store windows had been shattered,
January 7, 2021

Defending Rights & Dissent and Justice for Muslims Collective Condemn Coup Attempt and Police Political Bias, Warn Against Using Events of Jan. 6 to Impose Domestic Terrorism Statute Or Other Measures to Suppress Dissent.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Defending Rights & Dissent and Justice for Muslims Collective are non-partisan organizations. We are unwavering in our commitment for people in a democracy to exercise their sacred right to select for themselves their own leaders. Yesterday,  a
January 4, 2021

The Assange Extradition Decision: No Time To Celebrate

On January 4, Westminster Magistrates’ District Court Judge Vanessa Baraitser finally handed down her long-awaited decision regarding the American government’s extradition request on radical transparency activist Julian Assange. In short, she denied the U.S. government’s extradition request—not because she bought
December 18, 2020
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Time to Bench Facial Recognition Software

The entire roster for the Boston Celtics basketball team recently called on the state’s lawmakers to reject the Governor’s last-minute amendment to a police reform bill that would cut proposed restrictions on the government's use of facial recognition technology.
December 7, 2020

DRAD Joyously Celebrates Timuel Black’s 102nd Birthday!

It’s unclear when Timuel Black joined our board. I only know that I met him in 1992, and he was a longtime board member even back then. But what is clear is that his energy, wisdom, and insight has helped
December 4, 2020

51 Years Ago Today, The FBI Tried to Kill the Revolution. They Are Still Trying.

Fifty-one years ago today, the Chicago Police murdered Black Panthers Fred Hampton and Mark Clark. The murder happened during a police raid that was orchestrated by the FBI as part of its notorious Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO). With COINTELPRO, the
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