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December 5, 2022
Freight train

DRAD Stands With Rail Workers

Defending Rights & Dissent opposes the decision of President Joseph Biden and the United States Congress to override the will of rail workers and impose upon them a contract they rejected. The right to collective bargaining, the right to form
November 28, 2022
Julian Assange, publisher of WikiLeaks

“Crazy, Almost Criminal Political Backdealings”

Reprinted with permission from Chip Gibbons’ Substack Newsletter. Chip Gibbons retains all copyright. It was twelve years ago today that five international newspapers—The New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, and El País—began working with WikiLeaks to publish the first stories based
November 28, 2022
Student Using Computer. Kids' privacy and safety online will be endangered by KOSA

DRAD Joins with 90 LGBTQ+, Human Rights, Civil Liberties, and Tech Policy Groups Concerned About KOSA

Defending Rights and Dissent has joined with 90 other organizations – all of us fighting to protect youth privacy, safety, and access to information –  to voice our concern about the Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA). While it sounds benign,
November 23, 2022
Map of the state of Illinois with fists up, representing the state's recent ballot initiative, which codified collective bargaining rights.

Illinois Takes the Lead in Codifying Workers’ Rights

When voters went to the polls across the country for the midterms, it wasn’t just their member of Congress they were selecting. Voters also had the chance to weigh-on policy directly through ballot initiatives and referendums. Across the country, progressive,
November 23, 2022
Activists protesting the murder of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. The FBI is now investigating her death.

The FBI should not let Israel get away with the murder of Shireen Abu Akleh

On May 11, 2022, an Israeli sniper murdered Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.  The Al-Jazeera reporter was wearing a blue press vest while covering an Israeli raid on a Palestinian refugee camp in the occupied West Bank.  Abu Akleh’s family
November 23, 2022
Murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi

First a fist bump, then carte blanche for the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

On October 2, 2018, Washington Post columnist and journalist Jamal Khashoggi was brutally murdered inside the Saudi embassy in Istanbul, Turkey. His body was reportedly dismembered. Khashoggi was a critic of the Saudi government. US intelligence concluded that Crown Prince
November 18, 2022
Scientist Sherry Chen reaches a settlement with the government this week.

Ten Years After a Discriminatory and Illegal Investigation Was Launched Against Her, Sherry Chen Reaches Settlement With Dept. of Commerce

Sherry Chen, a scientist at the National Weather Service was arrested in October 2014 after an illegal and discriminatory internal investigation (read more here). She was wrongly charged with espionage and faced 25 years in prison and a fine of
November 4, 2022
Cover and photo of redacted sections of Chelsea Manning's memoir about radical transparency.

Chelsea Manning’s Long Fight for Radical Transparency

In 2010, as an Army private serving in Iraq, Chelsea Manning released hundreds of thousands of classified records shining light on the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. These files included the “Collateral Murder” video (which showed American soldiers gunning
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Today, DRAD staff @Jewbansandwich and @CodyBlooms took your signatures to Google, demanding they take a stand for reproductive privacy in the post-Roe era. We don't usually take on private companies, but Google complies with tens of thousands of data requests from police annually

As the Senate deliberates over the National Defense Authorization Act, we urge them to leave KOSA out of must-pass legislation. Under the guise of protecting children, KOSA could add surveillance barriers to everyone using the internet and further marginalize LGBTQ communities.

The PATRIOT Act enacted new rules for banking. Banks minimized risk by excluding entire classes of people - notably Muslim Americans and Middle Eastern Americans. Now, @IlhanMN and @SenWarren are pushing to end discrimination for "banking while Muslim."
https://omar.house.gov/media/press-releases/rep-omar-and-sen-warren-lead-letter-calling-regulators-improve-banking-access

HAPPENING NOW: We’re at Google HQ in Washington, D.C. demanding a stop to the collection of user location and search history to protect those seeking reproductive care.

Today DRAD, alongside @accountabletech took your signatures to @Google, urging the company to end the collection of certain sensitive data that endangers abortion seekers. Over 160,000 people agree: Google needs to defend repro privacy.

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