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 also bills that take aim at anarchists and the anti-fascist (or antifa) movement that specifically prohibit the wearing of face coverings during protests. The motive behind these bills is to silence protest and vilify protesters.
We need your help right now, because the anti-protest fervor has now come to the United States Congress. The Unmasking Antifa Act (HR6054)purports to be about criminalizing wearing a disguise to deprive people of protected rights. But in fact, it is a an assault on a particular viewpoint with the aim of chilling protest. The name alone gives up the game. Years ago, a number of states passed anti-masking laws in order to counter the Ku Klux Klan, which was terrorizing communities, but these bills have been increasingly used to target protesters who wear masks. The Unmasking Antifa Act, which carries a 15 year penalty, will be used the same way.
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DC jurors weren’t particularly impressed with Assistant US Attorney Jennifer Kerkhoff’s claims that attending a protest makes one part of a conspiracy, as they failed to convict any of the nearly 200 people arrested during an anti-Trump protest. And Chief Judge Robert Morin, was similarly unimpressed by Kerkhoff’s decision to withhold evidence from the defense and mislead the court about it, which is why he sanctioned the prosecution. Yet, someone at the US Attorney’s Office must have been impressed, as since her ignominious defeat Kerkhoff has been promoted.
Political and social movements aren’t crimes, so why are Virginia police being offered a class that promises an overview of “current popular movements” and their “influential impact on social media and direct action protest?” What does that have to do with policing?
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.
After viewing the officer’s body cam footage, and hearing from friends and neighbors of Mr. White, members of the Silver Spring Justice Coalition believe the officer had no reason to hound the unarmed Black man and chase him through his own neighborhood.
They want to pass the Civil Liberties Protection Act of 2018.
Since the end of 2016, over 60 bills have been proposed in state legislatures that limit the right to protest or remove liability for harm caused to protesters. This webinar provides a helpful overview of the legislation and what social movements are doing to challenge them.
Food Not Bombs shares vegan and vegetarian food with the homeless and at activist events to protest skewed spending priorities. It has been a frequent target of government surveillance and repression. In the past several years, FNB chapters across the country have faced local ordinances that restrict their right to share foo
Psychologists as a group have a long history of abuse to contend with, including their contributions to the legacy of torture. Psychologists had a hand in creating the torture programs employed by the CIA at “black sites” and the military at sites like Guantanamo Bay.
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.
We have been repeatedly subjected to a narrative in which 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.
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.
Using an unprecedented tactic, the Senate Judiciary Committee is circumventing the Presidential Records Act by relying on a representative of former president George W. Bush to provide records pertaining to Judge Kavanaugh’s tenure in the Bush White House
For the second time this year, President Donald Trump has attempted to intimidate a book publisher by threatening legal action against it. We stand in solidarity against threats by the president and his administration that undermine our country’s commitment to freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing was filled with appalling testimony based on Islamophobia and fear-mongering rather than facts and evidence.
“This administration’s unprecedented attacks on the media take aim at the heart of our democracy.”