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  • Sound and Fury

    police in combat fatigues in downtown Pittsburgh with LRAD mounted on trudk

    Providing law enforcement with military-grade equipment produces a dangerous, warrior mentality that could encourage more aggressive policing. Military equipment is designed to be used against an enemy, so if local police are given access to weapons being used by soldiers fighting ISIS in Afghanistan, it’s not that far a of logical jump to see an environment where unarmed public demonstrators are perceived as a threat.

  • CVE Is Not Our Friend

    CVE programs combine profiling, surveillance, censorship, and even thought control. They aren’t the right tool to help us fight white supremacy, because they have been, and will continue to be, used to enforce institutional white supremacy.

  • DRAD to Congress: Don’t Single Out Charities Based on Religious Affiliation

    Sunset sky over the US Capitol building dome in Washington DC.

    Amendment No. 115 to HR 3354, if passed, this amendment would cut off all federal government funding to Islamic Relief Worldwide. Approving this amendment would be taking the unprecedented step of singling out an individual non-profit organization for legislative exclusion from participation in programming with US foreign assistance funds when there is no legal basis for the exclusion.

  • Defending Rights & Dissent, Center for Constitutional Rights Release First Comprehensive Report on Ag-Gag Laws

    This landmark report discusses ag-gag laws in historical and political context, catalogues an earlier wave of ag-gag legislation, examines each recent law in detail, explores constitutional concerns and current lawsuits, and documents several successful campaigns to defeat ag-gag legislation.

  • Resistance Cities Coalition Grows

    drawing of hands holding signs that say NO JTTF!

    What do communities of color, environmentalists, animal rights activists, civil rights activists, immigrant communities, Muslims, the labor movement, and a host of others all have in common?