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  • Judge Throws Out “Inciting A Riot” Charges, Upholds Remaining Charges In J20 Case

    “The dismissal of the felony charge is a tremendous victory for the six defendants, their attorneys, and the activists who have mobilized to support them. We, nonetheless, are deeply disturbed by the failure to dismiss the other seven charges, including five counts of property damage, conspiracy to riot, and engaging in ariot. In her ruling, Judge Leibovitz endorsed some of the most disturbing arguments of the prosecution.”

  • Over 150 Groups Ask Congress to Save the Internet

    More than 150 organizations including DRAD, and encompassing a broad swath of civil society representing a diverse group of consumer, media, technology, library, arts, civil liberties, and civil rights advocates, artists, and musicians sent a letter today to Congressional leaders asking them to step in to protect Net Neutrality.

  • 50K People Tell DOJ to Drop J20 Charges

    Defending Rights & Dissent was joined by allies Free Press, Demand Progress, DropJ20, and the ACLU of DC in delivering over 50,000 signature to the US Attorney’s Office calling on the Department of Justice to end its prosecution of protesters arrested on Inauguration Day in Washington, DC.

  • Take Action to Save The Internet

    Internet Closed Due to Threat of Free Speech

    It was popular mobilization that made the FCC adopt Net Neutrality in the first place, so popular mobilization can defeat the corporate backed-assault on our free internet. If the FCC does vote against a free and open internet, we’ll need Congress to take action.

  • Nation’s Leading Press Freedom and Civil Liberties Groups Call on FCC to Abandon Its Attack on Net Neutrality

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    DRAD joined more than 30 press freedom, civil liberties and open government groups today to urge Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to cancel the scheduled Dec. 14 vote to undermine the open-internet protections put in place in 2015.


  • Defending Rights & Dissent Opposes Kenneth Marcus’ Nomination to Department of Education Civil Rights Post

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    Marcus’ interest in civil rights seems limited to advancing unusual legal theories to silence opinions on Palestine-Israel he disagrees with. As the DOE’s Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Marcus would endanger the First Amendment and civil rights, his nomination should be rejected.

  • Civil Society Groups to Congress: Oppose Islamophobic Judge

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    The groups agreed that Talley’s publicly-stated Islamophobic opinions that “mainstream” Islam preaches the “murder of nonbelievers” and his support for President Trump’s statement “Islam hates us,” demonstrate an unquestionable inability to be impartial with respect to the rights and religious freedom of American Muslims.

  • Going After the Espionage Act

    Reality Winner is accused of leaking a 5-page document about Russian attempts to hack the election. She is being charged under the Espionage Act, her lawyers are challenging that, and if they are successful, they may prevent the government from using the act to go after future whistleblowers.

  • Torture, Indefinite Detention, and Now the Government Wants to Destroy Their Art Too?

    The men illegally detained at Guantanamo have suffered immeasurably, held without trial or hope, subjected to torture, indefinite detention, and isolation, many are not even charged with a crime. Now, a powerful exhibition of art created by some of these men has provoked the Pentagon and Department of Defense to suddenly declare that all art created by detainees will henceforth become the property of the US government and may no longer be removed from the prison, even upon a detainee’s clearance and release.

  • Berkeley to Consider Surveillance Equipment Oversight Ordinance


    On December 5th, the Berkeley City Council will consider an ordinance to allow public oversight and input before any new surveillance technology is acquired by the police.