Defending Rights & Democracy, along with over 40 other civil liberties groups nationwide, has signed on to a national letter calling on school administrations in the US to commit to not using facial recognition technology (for non-personal reasons, e.g. when used to unlock personal phones) in our schools. This invasive and biased technology inherently violates the liberty & the rights of students and faculty, and has no place in our educational institutions.
Defending Rights & Dissent is guided by the Bill of Rights, which was adopted to limit the power of the state over individuals and to preserve basic human and individual rights for every person under U.S. jurisdiction or control, even in times of war or other national crises, and regardless of who holds elected power.
In 2015, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and the Defending Dissent Foundation agreed to merge to place both organizations and their respective supporters in an even stronger position to help restore constitutional rights eroded by executive agencies.