Vigilance in the Midst of Crisis
The United States, along with the rest of the world, is in the midst of a deadly pandemic. As a result, state and local governments are taking extraordinary measures to prevent the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus otherwise known as COVID-19. Defending Rights & Dissent has been working with community organizations across the country to make sure necessary these actions taken in the name of public health don’t inadvertently lead to increased over-policing, or worse (We’ve prepared resources for like-minded groups that can be found here).
This moment we’re living in can present challenging questions for civil libertarians and those who are concerned about over-policing. Stay-at-home orders – as well as other drastic governmental measures taken to combat COVID-19 – in the midst of this pandemic can be a necessary public health measure. But how do we make sure that these extraordinary measures during a crisis don’t infringe on our civil liberties or lead to increased policing, particularly in our most marginalized communities?
Stay-at-Home Enforcement Actions
- Protesters rally for NC to reopen. One woman arrested for violating governor’s order. – April 14, 2020
- Drones enlisted to enforce Honolulu’s stay-at-home orders – April 11, 2020
- PA statutes that allow “Stay at Home” order enforcement – April 10, 2020
- MN law enforcement begin to cite those violating stay at home order – April 6, 2020
- A Maryland man held a party at a hotel amid coronavirus. He now faces criminal charges. – April 1, 2020
- Until safeguards are put in place to prevent mission creep and other abuses of data collected through electronic contact tracing, the privacy and security of Americans could be undermined long after the emergency has ended
- On May 5, Defending Rights & Dissent hosted an important virtual town hall meeting on incarceration during the coronavirus entitled “We’re Dying In Here: Incarceration & Coronavirus,” moderated by DRAD communications director Quentin Anthony Anderson and featured panelists such
- Defending Rights & Dissent joined with the Athena Coalition, Fight for the Future, Free Press, Media Justice and dozens of other justice groups on this statement in support of warehouse and other lower-income workers blowing the whistle on unsafe working
- Dissent and protest are protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees freedoms of speech, assembly, and the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances. These rights are fundamental to our democracy. They cannot be
- In a stunning 48-hour period this week, the President Donald Trump essentially admitted that he fired Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson for properly exercising the duties of his job and his administration relieved Capt. Brett Crozier, a decorated Navy
- “Not in my backyard!” That’s how those of us on the frontlines of prison reform advocacy here in Louisiana are interpreting a recent plan released by the state on how the Department of Corrections is confronting the crisis surrounding COVID-19
- To encourage social distancing and limit the spread of the coronavirus, nearly one in five Americans have been asked by state and local officials to stay at home during the crisis. Officials and medical experts say this extraordinary measure, an
- Defending Rights & Dissent has been working with community organizations to make sure necessary public health precautions don’t inadvertently lead to increased over-policing. We’ve prepared this guide that can help.
Media Advisory: Local Groups Call On Dc Law Enforcement To Halt Nonviolent Arrests, Limit Police Interactions During “Stay-at-home” MandateOn Wednesday, March 25 at 3:30 PM (ET), Defending Rights & Dissent participated in a press briefing with other DC community leaders via conference call. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 25, 2020 WASHINGTON, D.C. – As businesses and individuals in the
- The world confronts a frightening and dangerous pandemic, and urgent action is needed to protect public health. But xenophobia, secrecy, and lies are not the cure.