September 7, 2017
Sunset sky over the US Capitol building dome in Washington DC.

DRAD to Congress: Don’t Single Out Charities Based on Religious Affiliation

Amendment No. 115 to HR 3354, if passed, this amendment would cut off all federal government funding to Islamic Relief Worldwide. Approving this amendment would be taking the unprecedented step of singling out an individual non-profit organization for legislative exclusion from participation in programming with US foreign assistance funds when there is no legal basis for the exclusion.
September 6, 2017

Defending Rights & Dissent, Center for Constitutional Rights Release First Comprehensive Report on Ag-Gag Laws

This landmark report discusses ag-gag laws in historical and political context, catalogues an earlier wave of ag-gag legislation, examines each recent law in detail, explores constitutional concerns and current lawsuits, and documents several successful campaigns to defeat ag-gag legislation.
August 1, 2017
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Statement on Senate Confirmation of Christopher Wray to Be Director of The FBI

We are disappointed that members of the Senate did not press Mr. Wray for a strong commitment to stand up to President Trump’s worst tendencies
August 1, 2017
j edgar hoover FBI Building

Senate Should Rename J. Edgar Hoover Building After Champion of Civil Liberties Don Edwards

Hoover, from the very first moment he joined the Department of Justice in 1917, until to the end of his FBI directorship in 1972, was involved in continuous, willful, and systematic deprivations of civil liberties. Allowing his name to adorn the headquarters of the nation’s highest law enforcement agency sends a message of willful.
July 10, 2017
Surveillance Equipment on a table

Defending Rights & Dissent Joins Civil Society Groups in Demanding 702 Reform

Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act was passed to combat threats from hostile foreign powers and international terrorism, but the FBI has been looking at the communications of U.S. persons without a warrant or even suspicion of wrongdoing.
June 27, 2017
archival poster "don't talk to the FBI

Community Alert: FBI Visits Activists in Chicago Suburbs

You have the right (and the responsibility to others in your community) to remain silent and NOT talk to the FBI when they pay you a visit.
June 26, 2017
protesters against the Muslim ban at San Francisco airport jam the escalators

Statement on the Supreme Court’s Partial Reinstatement of the Muslim Ban

In a deeply disturbing development, the Supreme Court today has partially reinstated President Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban.
June 15, 2017
Whistle On American Flag

Demand That Charges Against Winner Be Dropped

On this centennial of one the worst pieces of legislation ever passed, join us in standing up to yet another abuse of it. Reality Winner and all other whistleblower should not be charged with any crime at all.
April 24, 2017

Defending Rights & Dissent Policy & Legislative Counsel Addresses Faith Forum on Middle East Policy

On April 23, 2017, Defending Rights & Dissent’s Policy & Legislative Counsel, Chip Gibbons, addressed 110 people at the Faith Forum on Middle East Policy.
March 30, 2017

Defending Rights & Dissent Condemns Anti-Whistleblower Law Passed in Arkansas

It is bad enough that there are corporations that wish to protect their profit margins by muzzling their critics, it is even worse though, that there are elected officials who are willing to violate their constituents constitutional rights in order to appease them.
March 28, 2017

New Name, Same Great Organization: Civil Liberties Advocates Praise Defending Rights & Dissent

On Monday March, 27 2017 the Bill of Rights Defense Committee/Defending Dissent Foundation announced to the world that we had a new name--Defending Rights & Dissent. We are humbled by the outpouring of support from our longtime allies since Monday.
March 6, 2017
The White House

BORDC/DDF Condemns Muslim Ban 2.0

This EO, like the previous one, is motivated by bigotry and prejudice and is simply a Muslim Ban designed to promote a narrative that stigmatizes Muslims in the US and across the globe.
March 3, 2017
NEW YORK CITY - OCT 17: A general exterior view of the headquarters of The New York Times in Manhattan on Thursday, October 17, 2013.

Free Speech, Press Groups Call President’s Attacks on the Media a Threat to Democracy

Eighty organizations committed to the First Amendment right of freedom of speech and the press, have condemned efforts by the Trump administration to demonize the media and undermine its ability to inform the public about official actions and policies.
March 2, 2017

Maryland Legislature Considers Creating a Blacklist of Human Rights Activists

For the third time in four years, the Maryland General Assembly is considering an anti-free speech, anti-boycott bill specifically designed to silence supporters of Palestinian human rights. The Bill of Rights Defense Committee/Defending Dissent Foundation worked with grassroots partner Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition and other local groups to fight back against the bill.
February 28, 2017
nighttime photo of police spraying water over protesters in sub-zero temps

Federal Subpoena Dropped Against Grand Jury Resister Steve Martinez

A federal grand jury subpoena issued to Water Protector Steve Martinez was withdrawn yesterday, without warning or explanation.