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  • The Senate’s #1 Priority: CURTAILING Your Free Speech Rights

    The Senate is off to a bad start. The very first bill introduced, S.1, is an omnibus that includes the “Combating BDS Act of 2019.” It’s a bill designed to chill criticism of Israel.  That’s right. As the new Senate convenes under the cloud of a shutdo… [Read More]

  • Congress, Police, Protesters and Surveillance

    Video surveillance cameras for monitoring on streets

    Police zeal to embrace military-grade hardware is unprecedented, and the deployment of surveillance technology on the public often occurs with little public debate or warning.

  • Two New Lawsuits Challenge Unconstitutional Anti-Boycott Laws

    Arkansas and Texas aren’t unique in having laws on the books aimed at penalizing supporters of Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) for Palestinian rights. They are among 26 states to have enacted such laws. Arkansas and Texas have also joined another growing subset of states–those who face First Amendment challenges to their anti-BDS laws.

  • It’s Bill of Rights Day: Celebrate Our Movement!

    To celebrate Bill of Rights Day today, I’d like to reflect on our tremendous legacy from the days we called ourselves the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, and the groundbreaking work the organization did (long before I came onto the scene).

  • Invoking War Powers Act for First Time, Senate Moves to End Illegal US War in Yemen

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

    Yesterday, the Senate voted to end the US’s illegal, unauthorized military participation in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. This is historic. Never has either chamber voted to invoke the War Powers Act. This could not have happened without grassroots pressure. I