Today, Defending Rights & Dissent joined MediaJustice and 100+ civil rights organizations urging Congress to cease federal funding for surveillance technologies, known to be disproportionately deployed in Black communities and other communities of color. As Black activists around the country lead protests for racial justice, following the police murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other Black people, FBI surveillance and harassment of Black activists continues. The FBI has never retracted its Black Identity Extremist threat assessment, which falsely implies that Black racial justice activism is a threat to law enforcement.
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.
(Original Caption) May 16, 1970 - Jackson, Mississippi: Unidentified man stands behind shattered window of women's dormitory following the fatal shooting of two Negro students at Jackson State College. Fifteen others were hurt in a shootout between police and alleged snipers.