Susan Gaissert

February 26, 2019
Brian Hofer

ALPR Incorrectly Snags Privacy Activist.

Defending Rights & Dissent and the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights are civil liberties groups with a long history of standing up for the right to engage in political expression.
June 12, 2017
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Why Wide Area Surveillance is a Big Deal

Militarization of American police forces is becoming more and more common and, as a result of digital-age technologies and the use of smaller-scale surveillance cameras both publicly and privately, many people living in the United States today believe they have no privacy and, indeed, no right to expect privacy. They are misinformed.
April 6, 2017

REAL ID is Getting Real

REAL ID threatens privacy, creates bureaucratic chaos, costs a fortune, and doesn’t do what it purports to do. More than nine states haven’t embraced REAL ID yet, and we can see why.
March 25, 2017
hand painted sign says no islamophobia no fear politics

CVE: Making a Bad Program Worse

The Obama Administration's CVE program focused on ideology and identified lawful activities that could be signs of a budding terrorist (with no evidence thereof). The Trump Administration wants to make the program even worse.
March 8, 2017
times square protest with sign says End Racism

The Long Road to Ending Racial and Religious Profiling

The End Racial and Religious Profiling Act of 2017 is as ambitious as the current atmosphere surrounding racial and religious profiling is terrifying.
February 16, 2017
The Constitution of the United States of America

Be a ‘Tenther’ for Sanctuary Cities

The Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was written in 1791 as part of the Bill of Rights. It says: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
February 7, 2017
Vintage Touristic Greeting Card - Oakland, California

Oakland City Council to Consider Surveillance Ordinance

Believe it or not, there’s some good news. The Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission, which is chaired by BORDC/DDF Patriot Award winner Brian Hofer, in January approved and passed to the Oakland City Council an ordinance that calls for close scrutiny of the city’s spy gear.
January 27, 2017

Strict Oversight – Now More Than Ever Before

If the phrase “possibly illegal federal actions” makes you think of Donald Trump, you’re on the right track. Civil rights groups are more concerned about police participation in FBI investigations under the Trump administration than ever before.
December 15, 2016
Michael Flynn scowls at a Trump rally

In Like Flynn – What does Michael Flynn Mean for Civil Liberties?

There’s no Senate confirmation required for retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. He’s in, and we can only hope he doesn’t make the phrase “in like Flynn” mean terrible things for our national security. He has extreme opinions, is unpredictable, and doesn't have a great grasp on reality.
October 21, 2016
Steven Woolfolk

Steven Woolfolk Receives October 2016 Patriot Award

Steven Woolfolk is the director of public programming and marketing at the Kansas City Public Library, He was arrested during a library event in May for defending a patron’s First Amendment rights.
June 1, 2016
Rhonda Y Williams

Rhonda Y. Williams Named June 2016 Patriot Award Winner

Rhonda Y. Williams is the recipient of BORDC/DDF’s June 2016 Patriot Award. She is an associate professor of history at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and she is the founder and director of the Social Justice Institute there.
April 30, 2016
Kris Hermes signs his book "Crashing the Party"

Legal Worker, Social Justice Activist Kris Hermes Honored With May Patriot Award

BORDC/DDF is proud to present Kris Hermes with the May 2016 Patriot Award. Kris is a legal worker who recently served on the board and staff of the National Lawyers Guild. He has been a social justice activist since the 1980s, when he worked on the issues of global hunger and poverty. In the late 1990s, he became a member of ACT UP Philadelphia, a group that works to advance social change on health care issues for people with HIV/AIDS. ACT UP Philadelphia describes itself as “a group of individuals united in anger and committed to ending the AIDS crisis through direct action.”
March 31, 2016
Law enforcement officers lined up in riot gear during the 2008 Republican National Convention.

GOP Convention in Cleveland: Put Your Riot Gear On

In preparation for the RNC, Cleveland PD has put together quite the shopping list, including including 2,000 sets of riot gear, 310 sets of riot control gear, and 25 sets of tactical ballistics armor. Our concern looks past the convention itself: we know that cities that beef up security for a convention stay beefed up after all the politicians and delegates have gone back home.
March 14, 2016
Police Officers

Still Seeking Police Transparency: A Letter to the Office of Justice Programs

While the Police Reporting of Information, Data and Evidence (PRIDE) Act sits in Committee, we're calling on the DOJ to only give federal criminal justice grants to state and local law enforcement agencies that conduct complete data collection and reporting on police-civilian encounters, and follow through on previous commitments by issuing regulations on the implementation of the Death in Custody Reporting Act (DCRA).
March 1, 2016
Brian Hofer

Oakland Privacy Activist Brian Hofer Receives March 2016 Patriot Award

With the Oakland Privacy Working Group, Brian Hofer has made Oakland, California, a model for all cities seeking to gain control of the amount and type of information the government collects about their citizens.