In a victory for constitutional liberties and protections, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee yesterday signed the Safe San Francisco Civil Rights Ordinance. The ordinance, which passed the city’s Board of Supervisors last month, was an effort of the Coalition for
This is a story about an incredible victory that took place in Asheville, North Carolina in September 2013 where its residents organized to fight back against racist policing and to protect the rights of immigrant communities, and won.
“If MacLean had lost, that would’ve opened up a tidal wave for every government agency that has the ability to enact a regulation to enact a regulation that prevents their employees from disclosing the internal deliberations or communications of the
This week marked a major victory for privacy activists in Oakland, when the city’s Privacy Commission was formally voted into being at a Council meeting on Tuesday. The creation of the nine-member Commission is the culmination of over two years’ campaigning, protest, and negotiation, triggered in 2013 by the proposed expansion and centralization of public surveillance in both the Port and City of Oakland.
On February 25, 2016, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a ruling in the appeal of Rasmea Odeh. The court remanded the case back to the trial court in order for the trial court
Did Triggerfish just get fileted? A federal judge delivered a crucial rebuke to law enforcement’s use of stingrays when he tossed evidence discovered by DEA officers who used the problematic technology to locate a suspect and search his home without a warrant.
On October 28, 2016 U.S. District Judge Charles Haight rejected a proposed settlement pertaining to the New York Police Department’s spying on religious and political activity, saying that the guidelines did not do enough to safeguard civil liberties.
Chelsea Manning is going to come home. And we could not be more happy
For the third time in four years, grassroots activists in Maryland have defeated an anti-boycott bill. It’s a testament to the organizing skills of the Freedom2Boycott coalition that although the bill had the support of the Governor, State Comptroller, and former
Safe Coalition NC scored an important victory in Charlotte, North Carolina. This Monday the city council voted unanimously to accept the coalition’s proposed administrative revisions to the Citizens Review Board
After nearly four months of advocacy, supporters of the Fostering Community Trust ordinance erupted in applause after a majority of City Councilmembers raised their hands in favor of the measure, which enshrines an unwritten Rockville City Police (RPD) policy into law.
In a victory for journalists, whistleblowers, and activists, on January 4, 2018 the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down key provisions of Idaho’s ag-gag as unconstitutional. Defending Rights & Dissent has long asserted ag-gag laws are unconstitutional.
Last night, the Oakland City Council voted to formally end all law enforcement cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and its parent agency Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
“The conduct the Kansas Law aims to regulate is inherently expressive. It is easy enough to associate plaintiff’s conduct with the message that the boycotters believe Israel should improve its treatment of Palestinians. And boycotts—like parades—have an expressive quality. Forcing plaintiff to disown her boycott is akin to forcing plaintiff to accommodate Kansas’s message of support for Israel.”
On Thursday February 8, 2017, supporters of the right to boycott scored a major victory, when a Massachusetts anti-boycott bill was sent to “study.” The defeat of this bill was not a foregone conclusion. It was the result of the tireless work done by the Freedom to Boycott Massachusetts Coalition. Groups like Freedom to Boycott Massachusetts prove that grassroots activists have the power to push back against anti-boycott bills and win.