Sue Udry

July 30, 2020

Is PATRIOT Act Mass Surveillance Continuing Despite the Sunset of Section 215?

Section 215 authorizes expansive unwarranted surveillance, it’s one of the most egregious provisions of the PATRIOT Act and it feels like we’ve been fighting it forever. Finally, after many shocking revelations of abuses and too many protests, action alerts, call-in
July 29, 2020

Getting in Good Trouble With John Lewis

Like so many civil rights champions, John Lewis recognized the crucial importance of civil liberties to the struggle. Civil liberties is the right to engage in “good trouble, necessary trouble,” which is why John Lewis was part of an all-star
July 29, 2020

NYPD Cops Sue to Hide Database on Police Misconduct. Communities United for Police Reform Sues Back.

July 28, 2020, New York – Today, Communities United for Police Reform (CPR), represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights and the law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliff LLP, filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit brought by five New York City
June 26, 2020

DRAD Joins 40+ Groups to Declare Intimidation Tactics in Louisiana Won’t Silence Environmental Protesters

40+ advocacy groups express outrage over arrests of Louisiana Bucket Brigade leaders, vow to stop Formosa’s plans to poison the Black community in St. James BATON ROUGE, LA: Two leaders of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade were charged under Louisiana’s felony
May 15, 2020

Senate Votes to Extend PATRIOT Act Surveillance

Eighty Senators voted yesterday to extend three PATRIOT Act surveillance provisions with minimal safeguards to protect US persons from the prying eyes of the NSA and FBI. That final vote doesn’t tell the whole story, which stars the intense campaign
May 12, 2020

Showdown Between Privacy and Surveillance Set for Tomorrow

No matter which side of the aisle you lean toward, the evidence is clear: the FBI’s use of Section 215 surveillance authorities is highly politicized and dismissive of the basic constitutional rights of US persons. In fact, the FBI has
March 17, 2020
US Capitol

Score One for the Privacy Hawks!

Last night, privacy hawks won a decisive, if temporary, victory against the surveillance hawks who control the House and Senate (specifically, Speaker Pelosi (D-CA), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Adam Schiff (D-CA) in the House, and Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) and
November 29, 2019
nighttime photo of police spraying water over protesters in sub-zero temps

We need a Human Rights and Democracy Act for the U.S., and a PROTECT Act for American Protesters

On Wednesday, Trump signed two bills meant to support the protest movement in Hong Kong. Would that domestic protest movements got a fraction of the love Capitol Hill and the White House are showering on those in Hong Kong.
October 25, 2019

Ohio Legislature Considers Bill to Muzzle Ohioans

Ohio's SB33 would dramatically increase penalties for peaceful protests and civil disobedience at pipeline and other so-called “critical infrastructure” sites, and impose HUGE fines on groups that support protests.
October 21, 2019

Wisconsin Legislature Considers Two Bills Meant to Silence Protest

Two bills making their way through the state legislature target protests, and are part of the wave of anti-protest bills we’ve been fighting across the country since 2016. In Wisconsin, anti-pipeline protesters and student protesters are being singled out for draconian penalties.
August 21, 2019

U. of Wisconsin Seeks to Make Anti-Protest Rule Permanent

DRAD submits testimony against proposal to make draconian rules permanent.
August 7, 2019
NEW YORK CITY - DECEMBER 8 2014: several hundred demonstrators filled Barclay's Center during a visit by the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge in a "Shut it down!" protest against alleged police brutality.

3 Myths About Fighting White Supremacist Violence

Why more domestic terrorism laws, more tools for the FBI, or more CVE will do nothing to stop white supremacy.
July 31, 2019

Hey Congress, Help Us #ProtectBlackDissent from FBI Spying!

On July 17, a delegation of Black grassroots leaders delivered over 100,000 signatures to Congress demanding that the FBI be forced to retract its harmful “Black Identity Extremist” Intelligence Assessment. DRAD joined the delegation, led by Media Justice, which included
July 16, 2019

Private Prisons are Operating in the Shadows, Let’s Shine The Light on Them

Private prisons are caging children for profit, denying them basic human rights and bare necessities. It’s unconscionable.And yet, we may not even know the worst of it, because private prisons are able to operate in the shadows, shielded from accountability by a loophole in the law.
May 15, 2019

Activists Turn Up the Heat in Illinois and Texas

As draconian anti-protest bills, known as 'critical infrastructure' bills, make their way through state legislatures in Illinois and Texas, coalitions in both states are growing and becoming more vocal in opposition.
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