Topic: Black Lives Matter
Silver Spring Justice Coalition Demands Answers After Unjustified Arrest of Neighborhood “Good Samaritan,” Samir Ahmed. Yes, He is Black.
Montgomery County Police again disgraced themselves by treating another Black man with undue aggression, arresting Samir Ahmed in his own neighborhood after he had helped an intoxicated neighbor home.
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?
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.
Silver Spring Justice Coalition Decries Decision that Fatal Police Shooting Was “Justified.” Demands Transparency and Accountability
On July 30, the Howard County State’s Attorney handed down a decision that the shooting of an unarmed black man by a Montgomery County police officer was legally justified.
Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit Is Both A Testament to the Power of Dissent And An Illustration of Government Hostility to Black Political Power
July 17 marks the 59th anniversary of Billie Holiday’s death. We recall Holiday’s “Strange Fruit”, a musical protest against this country’s white supremacist violence. “Strange Fruit” is a testament to the power of music as an impetus for social change. The government’s reaction is also a story about the repression of dissent. It is for both of these reasons why we at Defending Rights & Dissent continue to defend the right to dissent.
More than 40 racial-justice and civil-liberties groups urging the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release an unredacted version of a memo referred to as the “Race Paper”
From the Bay Area, California to Durham, North Carolina grassroots activists are scoring victories against police militarization.
Defending Rights and Dissent joined with Black Lives Matter DC, the Stop Police Terror project and over 50 other organizations to demand that the DC City Council hold a public hearing outside of work hours, to hear public testimony regarding racism and violence in the Metropolitan Police Department
Defending Rights & Dissent is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Erica Garner. Our thoughts are with her family, friends, and loved ones. She was 27 years old
A recently leaked FBI Intelligence Assessment distributed over the summer is evidence that the FBI remains mired in racism and suspicious of dissent.