Today is Bill of Rights day!
Seventy-five years ago, President Franklin Roosevelt designated December 15 to be “ set apart as a day of mobilization for freedom and for human rights, a day of remembrance of the democratic and peaceful action by which these rights were gained, a day of reassessment of their present meaning and their living worth.”
So what are we doing for Bill of Rights Day?
We are mobilizing local communities to push back against a national agenda of profiling and surveillance by pursuing local ordinances to protect their most vulnerable neighbors, limit local law enforcement’s cooperation with federal officials, prohibit unwarranted surveillance, and protect online privacy.
We remember the democratic and peaceful action by which rights are gained by documenting the work of local activists across the country on our Dissent NewsWire.
And we are reassessing the present meaning and living worth of the Bill of Rights by looking at what the incoming administration has promised–more surveillance, more profiling, more secrecy, and a return to torture, and promising to fight for the Bill of Rights.
We are continuing to be your voice in the nation’s capital by meeting with members of Congress to urge real oversight and accountability at the FBI, opposing the resurgence of McCarthyite legislation, calling for the full Senate Torture Report to be released, and gearing up to oppose Trump’s cabinet nominations that have a documented history of civil liberties abuses.
It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the wave of reaction we are facing as a nation. What is important to remember is that you are not alone, that there are movements across the country not only fighting back, but pushing forward and expanding the concept of freedom and human rights. These types of mobilizations have won important victories in the past and they are essential to winning victories in the future.
This is the type of mobilization we engage in everyday at the BIll of Rights Defense Committee/Defending Dissent Foundation.
You are a crucial part of it.
Stay Loud, Stay Strong,
Chip Gibbons, Policy and Legislative Counsel