Amid the very dark clouds emanating from Washington, particularly the Supreme Court’s disastrous decision on Trump’s Muslim ban and the administration’s baffling interpretation of it (Grandma isn’t a bona fide relation?), we see activists creating silver linings across the country.
From California to Providence to Miami, activists are fighting for police accountability, punching holes in the surveillance state, enacting protections for immigrant communities, and fighting Islamophobia. And they are winning.
I hope you’ll find inspiration in the stories in this month’s newsletter. Check out our model legislation and organizing toolkit to get something going in your community. You aren’t alone! We’re only a phone call away (202.425.4225) and we’re ready to help.
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On June 19, the Maryland city of Rockville passed the Fostering Community Trust ordinance, after a long campaign by community activists.
“California spends more time discussing and imposing regulations on barber shops and taco trucks than on equipment capable of tracking my whereabouts in real time, locating me within my own home, place of worship or doctor’s office, tracking my face as I walk about town.”
Safe Coalition NC Wins Grassroots Victory As City Council Adopts New Standards for Civilian Review Board Members
Safe Coalition NC scored an important victory in Charlotte, North Carolina. This Monday the city council voted unanimously to accept the coalition’s proposed administrative revisions to the Citizens Review Board
Remember – It’s legal to #FilmThePolice and #CopWatch. Observing, documenting and filming police activity and abuse is a key tactic in holding police accountable.
You have the right (and the responsibility to others in your community) to remain silent and NOT talk to the FBI when they pay you a visit.
On Thursday night, the capital of the smallest state in the union adopted a wide-ranging police reform measure with national and historic implications. The ordinance was inspired by our Local Civil Rights Restoration Act.
Responding to community outcry, police director Juan Perez withdraws his proposal to implement a Wide Area Surveillance program in Miami Dade County.
The highly invasive technology was developed by the US Air Force during the Iraq War and features Cessna airplanes flying over an area filming all that goes on in a 32 square mile area below. But activists are fighting it.
TAKE ACTION: Demand That Charges Against Winner Be Dropped
On this centennial of one the worst pieces of legislation ever passed, join us in standing up to yet another abuse of it. Reality Winner and all other whistleblower should not be charged with any crime at all.
In a deeply disturbing development, the Supreme Court today has partially reinstated President Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban.
Since the Snowden disclosures of 2013, it’s been a truism in Washington that “everyone is watched.” But history shows that not everyone is watched equally: Instead, people of color, immigrants, religious minorities, and LGBT persons have disproportionately been the targets of government tracking. This is what we refer to as “the color of surveillance.” On… [Read More]
The OpenTheGovernment coalition advocated for questions that would shed light on the Justice Department’s justifications for withholding OLC opinions, including opinions justifying controversial policies such as mass surveillance practices, targeted killing programs, and use of torture in interrogation practices.
From Hoover to Comey, the men at the top of the FBI like to project an image of patriotism, heroism, and integrity while their agency finds ways to skirt the Fourth Amendment and disrespect the First.
If the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) is interested in learning more about terrorism and effective strategies to protect against it, they should call as witnesses experts on terrorism, not purveyors of half-truths and innuendo.
Militarization of American police forces is becoming more and more common and, as a result of digital-age technologies and the use of smaller-scale surveillance cameras both publicly and privately, many people living in the United States today believe they have no privacy and, indeed, no right to expect privacy. They are misinformed.
“These state bills, with their criminalization of assemblies, enhanced penalties and general stigmatization of protesters, are designed to discourage the exercise of…fundamental rights.”
Trump announced his nominee via twitter this morning. Wray isn’t a household name, even among civil liberty advocates, so we’re still researching those details. Here’s what we’ve got so far…
US District Judge Hon. Robert W. Sweet denied a bid by the City of New York to dismiss key assault and battery, excessive force, and failure to train claims in a landmark federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of NY and NYPD officers who used an LRAD “sound cannon” against Black Lives Matter protesters, journalists, and bystanders in December of 2014.