Sue Udry

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
August 30, 2018

We’ve Been Without PCLOB Since Before Trump Took Office. That Is A Problem

Members of the 9/11 Commission were smart enough to understand that federal counterterrorism programs would threaten privacy and civil liberties, so they recommended the creation of a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) to review those programs to ensure they include safeguards to protect privacy and civil liberties. It's been inoperative since January 2017.
August 29, 2018

Take Action: Tell Trump to Pardon Reality Winner

Last week, whistleblower Reality Winner was sentenced to 5 years and 3 months in prison, plus 3 years of supervised release. Her crime was releasing one 5 page document about alleged Russian hacking and attempts to spearfish U.S. election officials.
August 18, 2018

“Relentless community vigilance, advocacy and opposition” Forces LA Mayor to Reject CVE Grant

A coalition of community civil rights organizations in Los Angeles forced the Mayor to turn down a $450,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security for a controversial Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program.
August 2, 2018
charlotte (queen city) skyline on a bright sunny day

The 2020 Republican Convention Will Be in Charlotte. Local Activists Are Preparing Now to Protect the Community.

They want to pass the Civil Liberties Protection Act of 2018.
August 1, 2018

Constitution in Crisis :: August Newsletter

Dear Troublemakers, We are being subjected to a narrative that claims foreign operatives have amplified “divisive issues,” such as Black Lives Matter or opposition to fracking in order to sow discord. Such a narrative delegitimizes domestic dissent. It is also
July 23, 2018

Color of Surveillance Delegation Takes DC By Storm, Demands Transparency and Accountability on Government Surveillance Aimed at Communities of Color

Community leaders from around the country participated in lobby visits, a Congressional briefing, and a full day conference at Georgetown Law last week as part of the Color of Surveillance delegation organized by the Center for Media Justice.
July 2, 2018

Constitution in Crisis :: July Newsletter

Dear Troublemakers, We head into July after a rollercoaster of month. Donald Trump’s cruel policy of separating immigrant children from their families and incarcerating them sparked outrage nationwide. As a result, people marched in the streets, peacefully confronted Trump administration officials in
June 15, 2018
Protest at Department of Justice

June 15 Marks 6,000 Days of Guantánamo: Rights Groups Tell Donald Trump to Close the Prison, Say “Not One Day More!”

Today, June 15, 2018, is a depressing milestone in the long history of U.S. detention at Guantánamo Bay. Today the Guantánamo prison, set up after the 9/11 attacks, has been open for 6,000 days. Most of the men held at
June 4, 2018

Constitution in Crisis :: June Newsletter

Dear Troublemakers, Before you scroll down to look at all the great articles we published this month, I want to pause and ask if you remember Reality Leigh Winner, the NSA contractor turned whistleblower? She was arrested on June 3, 2017, and
May 27, 2018

“My life was turned upside down not once but twice by our government.” How many times does Sherry Chen have to prove she is not a spy?

Concern -- and activism -- grows around national security profiling of Asian Americans in the sciences and academia.
May 1, 2018

Constitution in Crisis :: May Newsletter

Dear Troublemakers, Together, we’ve been fighting to hold the CIA accountable for torture for over a decade. Thank you for engaging with us in the most recent battle – to defeat the nominations of Mike Pompeo (torture apologist) to be Secretary
April 2, 2018

Constitution in Crisis :: April Newsletter

Dear Troublemakers, The fact that the nomination of a known torturer to be head of the CIA hasn’t been rejected out of hand even by Democrats in the Senate is truly shameful. Not only did Gina Haspel oversee torture when
March 9, 2018
US Capitol at Night

Who’s a Foreign Agent? The Answer May Surprise You

As Congress seeks to counter Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election, lawmakers have turned for help to the Foreign Agents Registration Act, an 80-year-old law that requires agents of foreign principals to register with the Attorney General. Several bills have been introduced to strengthen enforcement of the law, which has been rarely used.
March 1, 2018

54 Organizations Demand A Public Hearing on Racism & Violence by Washington DC Police

Defending Rights and Dissent joined with Black Lives Matter DC, the Stop Police Terror project and over 50 other organizations to demand that the DC City Council hold a public hearing outside of work hours, to hear public testimony regarding racism and violence in the Metropolitan Police Department