Quentin Anderson

September 8, 2020

The DOJ Is Spying On Puerto Rican Student Protesters

In April of 2017, students at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) were on strike to protest austerity policies being pursued by the Puerto Rican government to pay their bondholders. On April 27, 2017, the Board of Directors of the
August 6, 2020

Despite Reports of a Federal Withdrawal, DRAD Continues to Monitor the Situation in Portland

On July 17, Defending Rights and Dissent and the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) were joined by over fifty civil society groups in condemning the deployment of unidentified federal agents to Portland against the wishes of local elected officials.  According
July 28, 2020

NO BAN Act Passes After Years of Delays

Over three years after Donald Trump’s Muslim ban was enacted – and a year after he expanded the ban – the US House of Representatives finally passed the NO BAN Act on Wednesday, July 22 by a vote of 233-183,
June 11, 2020

Refusing to be Silenced: Protesting Anti-Protest Laws in the Midst of Global Protests

On Wednesday, a coalition of environmental and civil liberties groups – led by local activists from St. James Parish, Louisiana – held a press conference urging Governor John Bel Edwards to veto anti-protest legislation that recently passed overwhelmingly in the
May 29, 2020

Karen Knew What Was Going to Happen to George Floyd. We All Knew.

As we watch the streets of Minneapolis, Minnesota erupt in response to the heinous killing of George Floyd, I find that it’s hard for me to separate the direct historical connection of last week’s dominant news story – the so-called
May 7, 2020

“We’re Dying In Here” – A Recap of Our Incarceration & Coronavirus Town Hall

  On May 5, Defending Rights & Dissent hosted an important virtual town hall meeting on incarceration during the coronavirus entitled “We’re Dying In Here: Incarceration & Coronavirus,” moderated by DRAD communications director Quentin Anthony Anderson and featured panelists such
March 16, 2020

DRAD Urges US Senate to Vote Against Cloture on the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2020

On Monday, March 16, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will attempt to invoke cloture on the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2020 – that means shutting down debate on the bill and moving forward for a full vote. Defending
March 2, 2020

FISA Extension Bill Delayed; Next Steps Uncertain

On February 26, the House Judiciary Committee suddenly postponed a scheduled vote on the USA FREEDOM Reauthorizaion Act, a months-long, bipartisan effort to reform and reauthorize a handful of domestic surveillance authorities – most notably, Section 215 of the Patriot
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