Defending Rights & Dissent

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
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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 a brief history of Senate efforts to stymie transparency.   January 17, 2020 The
January 17, 2020

Cotton, Cruz, and Braun Attempt to Weaponize DOJ Against Dissidents

We are deeply disturbed by a letter from the senators insinuating that the National Iranian American Council has dual loyalties, is somehow less American than other organizations in this space, and should be subject to a Justice Department investigation.
January 15, 2020

Guantanamo at 18, Out of the Headlines, But Activists Continue to Bear Witness

More than a decade after they were brought to Guantánamo, 40 men remain detained there, including five who have been approved by the U.S. government for transfer out of the detention camp. Most of the men have never been charged or convicted of any crime.
January 6, 2020
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Defending Rights & Dissent Condemns Border Detentions of Iranian-Americans, Urges Congress to Assert Their Constitutional War Powers

Days after Donald Trump ordered the assassination of an Iranian general, sparking concern of a US war with Iran, over 60 individuals of Iranian descent, including US citizens and permanent residents, were detained, had their passports confiscated, and were interrogated about their political beliefs at the US-Canadian border.ending Rights & Dissent strongly condemns these detententions. It is flagrantly unconstitutional to subject someone to detention because of their national origin or ethnicity.
December 17, 2019

It’s Chelsea Manning’s Birthday, Demand Her Freedom Now!

Today is Chelsea Manning’s birthday. She is spending it yet again behind bars. We need you to demand her freedom now.
December 16, 2019

ICE Initiates Force Feeding of More Hunger Strikers in Louisiana and Texas facilities

ICE agents are force-hydrating at least five asylum seekers from India detained at Jena-LaSalle Detention Facility in Jena, Louisiana and force-feeding three men at the El Paso Processing Center in El Paso, Texas. The eight men have been on prolonged hunger strike, some nearing two months without eating.
December 11, 2019

Defending Rights & Dissent Opposes Trump Executive Order Equating Support for Palestinian Rights with Anti-Semitic Discrimination

Anti-semitism is a real threat and should be opposed. Civil rights laws are an important and necessary tool in upholding the rights of all people. However, it is a distortion of civil rights to use federal civil rights law to silence political speech and advocacy for Palestinian human rights.
December 10, 2019
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Defending Rights & Dissent Comment on DOJ IG Review of FBI’s Trump Campaign Investigation

Yesterday, the Department of Justice Inspector General released a long awaited report on the FBI’s conduct during “Operation Crossfire Hurricane,” the counterintelligence investigation into certain associates of the Trump campaign.
December 9, 2019

Dec. 13: Defending Baltimore Black Activists & the Black Community

Join us to learn about, and develop a strategy, to protect the Black Community and Black Activists from continued police oppression and surveillance!
December 4, 2019

50th Anniversary of Police Murder of Black Panther Activists Fred Hampton and Mark Clark

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the murder of Fred Hampton and Mark Clark. Hamtpon and Clark were activists with the Black Panther Party. Chicago police killed both men during a police raid ostensibly ordered by the Cook County state’s attorney. Subsequent revelations uncovered the role of the FBI in the raid. In our recent report, Still Spying on Dissent: The Enduring Problem of FBI First Amendment Abuse, we discussed the raid and how it is part of the FBI’s notorious COINTELPRO.
November 29, 2019

Patriot Act Extended Until March 15

A key provision that the NSA and FBI have used for mass surveillance, Section 215, was due to expire on December 15.
November 20, 2019
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Groups Question Use of DHS Discriminatory Border Screening Policy

In a letter to DHS, 40 civil society groups challenge intrusive social media screening known as extreme vetting. Defending Rights & Dissent joined the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the Brennan Center for Justice, the Center for Democracy and Technology ( CDT), and 40 other civil society organizations, submitting a letter to
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