Sue Udry

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.
May 8, 2019

Free Speech is the Critical Infrastructure to our Democracy

In states red and blue across the country, legislators are joining with corporate interests to undermine the ability of grassroots groups to protest the construction of pipelines and other fossil fuel projects.
May 5, 2019

“We Have a Right to Speak Freely. We Have a Right to Peaceably Assemble.”

Elected officials in South Dakota aren’t even trying to hide their cozy relationship with TransCanada, the company behind the Keystone XL pipeline.
April 19, 2019

FBI Refuses to Implement Even Minor Steps to Ensure Transparency, Privacy, and Accuracy of Its Facial Recognition Technology

As facial recognition technology spreads, the implications for privacy and liberty are overwhelming. But the FBI does not care.
April 9, 2019

Washington Court of Appeals Upholds Right to Present Necessity Defense in Climate Case

Valve-turner Ken Ward will be allowed to explain to a jury why his civil disobedience was necessary.
April 8, 2019

Missouri General Assembly Takes Aim at Anti-Pipeline Protests

Missourians! Take action now to help us defeat a bill in the Missouri General Assembly that would crackdown on protests near pipelines and other energy infrastructure.
March 18, 2019

39 Groups Present 8 More Reasons to Retire Section 215

We have an opportunity to stop intelligence agencies from collecting our phone, email and other records in bulk when Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act sunsets at the end of 2019.
March 13, 2019

17 Years, 41 Military Operations, 19 Countries. It’s Time to Repeal the 2001 AUMF

Three days after the 9/11 attacks, Congress gave the President the authority to wage war against the perpetrators of the attack and the countries that harbored them.
March 6, 2019
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Why Democrats Should Not Reauthorize Section 215

More than five years have passed since the public became aware of the damning extent of mass surveillance that is conducted against innocent people in the United States pursuant to Section 215. Despite broad public outrage and several Congressional attempts to meaningfully reform Section 215, mass surveillance of innocent people continues.
March 4, 2019

Don’t Let Corporate Interests Undermine Democracy in Illinois. Take Action

A bill making its way through the Illinois General Assembly is aimed directly at our right to protest against pipelines and fracking.
February 15, 2019

#FamiliesBelongTogether Coalition Celebrates Valentine’s Day at Wells Fargo and JP Morgan Chase Bank Branches Telling Big Banks to Break Up with Private Prisons

It wasn’t business as usual yesterday at dozens of Wells Fargo and JP Morgan Chase bank branches across the country. It was a day of protests, petitions, and teddy bears, mariachi bands and “playdate protests,” to demand that the giant
January 15, 2019

Free Expression, Free Assembly and Free Association Aren’t Just Rights; They’re Tools

Chip’s recent interview on CounterSpin has been getting a lot of social media buzz. They asked him to help them kick off the new year by talking about what we could expect from the crackdown on dissent in the coming
December 15, 2018

It’s Bill of Rights Day: Celebrate Our Movement!

To celebrate Bill of Rights Day today, I'd like to reflect on our tremendous legacy from the days we called ourselves the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, and the groundbreaking work the organization did (long before I came onto the scene).
December 12, 2018

Silver Spring Justice Coalition Demands Answers After Unjustified Arrest of Neighborhood “Good Samaritan,” Samir Ahmed. Yes, He is Black.

Montgomery County Police again disgraced themselves by treating another Black man with undue aggression, arresting Samir Ahmed in his own neighborhood after he had helped an intoxicated neighbor home.