Defending Rights & Dissent

March 26, 2020

A Guide for Activists on Stay-in-Place Orders

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.
March 25, 2020

Media Advisory: Local Groups Call On Dc Law Enforcement To Halt Nonviolent Arrests, Limit Police Interactions During “Stay-at-home” Mandate

On 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
March 18, 2020

Responding to The Coronavirus Requires Transparency, Not Xenophobia

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.
March 18, 2020

Voting Rights Groups Call on Election Officials to Act Now To Protect Voting Rights

"If states and localities act swiftly, we can create an elections system that operates safely, efficiently, and accessible to all. Under no circumstances should the November general election be canceled or postponed."
March 13, 2020

Defending Rights & Dissent Official Statement on the Release of Chelsea Manning

“It was well past time for Manning to go free,” said Defending Rights & Dissent Policy Director Chip Gibbons. “However, Manning should never have been imprisoned to begin with. She testified extensively under oath during her court martial. This highlights the fact that the US government was likely abusing the grand jury to continue to retaliate against her exposing their crimes. That the grand jury itself is connected to an unprecedented attempt to use the Espionage Act against a publisher of truthful information shows that the US government is engaged in an all out war on truthtelling.”
March 9, 2020

Webinar: The Extradition of Julian Assange and the Future of Global Press Freedom

In a move that has major ramifications for global press freedom, the United States is seeking to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from the UK to stand trial under the Espionage Act for the crime of publishing truthful information of public interest about US foreign policy. Join us on Wednesday, March 11 for a free webinar with Daniel Ellsberg and Kevin Gosztola.
February 25, 2020

Defending Rights & Dissent Backs Bill to Rein In Foreign Intelligence Surveillance

Defending Rights & Dissent is supporting the Safeguarding Americans' Private Records Act (SAPRA), a bi-partisan bill to rein in surveillance.
February 13, 2020

Open Letter: Ban Facial Recognition on School Campuses

Among the findings noted in the resolution, is the key fact that Congress has the sole power to declare war under article I, section 8, clause 11 of the United States Constitution.
February 11, 2020
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Sorry, Mr. President, Only Congress Has the Authority to Declare War.

Among the findings noted in the resolution, is the key fact that Congress has the sole power to declare war under article I, section 8, clause 11 of the United States Constitution.
February 10, 2020
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Missed Opportunities At Last Week’s FBI Oversight Hearing

The FBI both has expansive surveillance powers and a long history of abusing civil liberties. Congress must exercise oversight over the FBI. This requires approaching these abuses as what they are--longstanding, systemic problems.Unfortunately, for the most part, both Democrats and Republicans missed opportunities at least week’s hearing to really take on the issue of FBI abuse.
February 3, 2020
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Expansion of Muslim Ban Creates Dire Need for Congress to Pass No Ban Act

Just days after the third anniversay of his original Muslim ban, Trump has outdone himself by expanding the ban in his signature cruel, bigoted, and racist
January 28, 2020

Defending Rights & Dissent Teams Up With Institute For Policy Studies for A People’s Briefing on FBI Abuse

Sixty people attended a joint Defending Rights & Dissent and Institute for Policy Studies People's Briefing on political surveillance and the FBI.
January 21, 2020

Full House for Panel On History of Political Policing

Around 100 people gathered at The People’s Forum last Thursday, for a discussion of “Still Spying on Dissent: The History of Political Policing.” The event showcased Defending Rights & Dissent’s groundbreaking report Still Spying on the Dissent: The Enduring Problem of FBI First Amendment Abuse and comes on the heels of the 100th Anniversary of the Palmer Raids, one of the most notorious abuses of civil liberties in US history.
January 21, 2020

MoCo Council Bill Would Exacerbate School-to-Prison Pipeline and Maryland’s Already Nation-Leading Black Youth Incarceration Rate

The bill would put more cops in schools.
January 17, 2020
US Capitol

Transparency Groups Oppose Senate Plan to Restrict Press During Impeachment Trial

Defending Rights & Dissent joined with 17 other civil society organizations on a letter objecting to restrictions place on members of the media. The letter includes
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