Sue Udry

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
NSA sign

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.
December 2, 2018

Time to End Censorship at Florida Dept. of Corrections

Without explanation, the Florida Dept. of Corrections has impounded two dozen issues of The Militant in the past two years.
November 27, 2018

On #GivingTuesday, Remember That Protest is Priceless

Supporters tell us that Defending Rights & Dissent helps them speak truth to power. They feel empowered to join with others — in the streets, at community meetings, to send an email, or call elected officials. That is what democracy looks like.
November 20, 2018

This is What Democracy Looks Like!

In 2018 DRAD and our grassroots supporters and activists worked hard to to defend the right to protest, challenge FBI abuses, oppose the Countering Violent Extremism program. We also defended whistleblowers, fought surveillance and censorship, championed internet freedom, and continued to rally against Guantanamo and torture.
October 11, 2018
Official portrait of FBI Agent Terry Albury

Terry Albury is a Conscientious Whistleblower

FBI agent Terry Albury saw inherent racism in the FBI’s targeting of local communities of color, and sought to blow the whistle on that racism and the agency’s unethical use of paid informants. He will be sentenced under the Espionage Act next week.
October 2, 2018

Constitution in Crisis :: October Newsletter

Under the United States Constitution, the power to declare war belongs exclusively to Congress. Yet, for 3 years the United States has provided support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, including refueling Saudi war planes mid air and providing targeting intelligence.
September 4, 2018

Constitution in Crisis :: September Newsletter

Dear Troublemakers, Across the country, state legislatures have been advancing anti-protest bills and DRAD has been fighting back. The bills all clearly target certain social movements, including anti-pipeline activism, racial justice, campus activism, and human rights for Palestinians. There are