Defending Rights & Dissent

May 27, 2020

Did we really kill the PATRIOT Act last night?

Thanks to you and thousands of others who sent emails, signed petitions and made phone calls over the past year, we forced a stalemate in the House of Representatives last night over the USA Freedom Act, which would have extended
May 27, 2020

DRAD Withdraws Support for Lofgren-Davidson Amendment

Once again we’ve been double crossed by Nancy Pelosi, shanked by Adam Schiff.  As these “heroes” of the resistance and leaders of the Democratic Party decry the authoritarian tendencies of President Trump, they fall over themselves to undermine our Constitutional
May 20, 2020

Don’t Let the FBI Snoop Around Our Internet Search History Without a Warrant!

None of us wants the FBI looking over our shoulder while we surf the web. Most members of Congress understand that, but so far they’ve been unable to amend the PATRIOT Act to prohibit the FBI from using Section 215
May 18, 2020

It’s All in Pelosi’s Hands Now

Last week, the Senate passed the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act (H.R. 6172) to reinstate three PATRIOT Act surveillance authorities, including the notorious Section 215. To its credit, the Senate adopted a beneficial amendment to strengthen oversight of the FBI and
May 12, 2020
NYPD officers at a #BlackLivesMatter protest in NYC

It’s Time to Rein in NYPD’s Vast Surveillance Regime

A national coalition of 41 civil rights and community-based organizations, including DRAD, sent a letter yesterday calling on New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson to call for a vote on the Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology (POST) Act.  In
May 4, 2020

Protect Workers Who Blow The Whistle

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
April 21, 2020

The Right to Protest is Precious, Even During a Pandemic

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
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 IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 25, 2020 WASHINGTON, D.C. – As businesses and individuals in the
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.
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