The Fourth Amendment requires individualized suspicion for search, seizure, and arrest. However, law enforcement agencies throughout the US routinely stop, search, and harass people based on their race, religion or other personal characteristic. Stop-and-frisks and “driving while black” are infamous for unjustly targeting African Americans; “show me your papers” immigration enforcement laws overtly target Latinos; and airport security and counterterrorism officers routinely single out Muslims and people of Arab and South Asian descent.
We all want our children to be safer at school, but Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018 threatens the civil liberties of students
Defending Rights and Dissent joined with Black Lives Matter DC, the Stop Police Terror project and over 50 other organizations to demand that the DC City Council hold a public hearing outside of work hours, to hear public testimony regarding racism and violence in the Metropolitan Police Department
The American Friends Service Committee and the Social Justice Initiative at University of Illinois Chicago hosted a “Resisting Surveillance” panel investigating surveillance programs in Chicago, and how communities are resisting these racist, invasive and dangerous practices.
A recently leaked FBI Intelligence Assessment distributed over the summer is evidence that the FBI remains mired in racism and suspicious of dissent.
Over 120 people came together on a hot muggy Sunday afternoon in August to learn about our government’s Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programs in Montgomery County, MD, and around the country.