Today, Defending Rights and Dissent joined a coalition of over 100 organizations in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) urging it to cease any targeting of activists, journalists, and lawyers based on their First Amendment-protected speech and associational activities.
The People’s Lobby, Sierra Club and environmental justice leaders from around the city spoke out at a press conference yesterday against HR1633. The bill is designed to squash anti-pipeline protests with a mix of draconian fines and jail time for peaceful civil disobedience.
As facial recognition technology spreads, the implications for privacy and liberty are overwhelming. But the FBI does not care.
Two of the #ElPaso9 hunger strikers, were released from the Otero County Processing Center last week. The men endured verbal and physical abuse including force feeding during their hunger strike.
Earlier this morning, London police entered the Ecuadorian embassy and arrested Julian Assange. Press freedom, civil liberties, and human rights groups have long opposed the extradition of Assange to the US.
Valve-turner Ken Ward will be allowed to explain to a jury why his civil disobedience was necessary.
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.
Family, Friends, and Advocates React with Outrage and Determination to Make Change Following Release of County Findings in the Police Killing of Robert White
On March 28 at Howard University Law School, we convened a conversation about the surveillance of activists in the digital age with activists who have been targeted by law enforcement and two policy experts.
On March 26, 2018 Defending Rights & Dissent sent a letter to the Alexandria Sheriff demanding Chelsea Manning be released from solitary confinement.