Black Lives Matter

August 7, 2018

“Justified?” Hundreds of Silver Spring Residents Say NO.

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.
July 31, 2018

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.
July 17, 2018

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.
May 31, 2018

Groups to DHS: What’s in the ‘Race Paper’ and Why are You Hiding it From Us?

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”
April 10, 2018

Two Grassroots Victories Against Police Militarization and Trainings with Human Rights Abusers

From the Bay Area, California to Durham, North Carolina grassroots activists are scoring victories against police militarization.
March 1, 2018

54 Organizations Demand A Public Hearing on Racism & Violence by Washington DC Police

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
January 3, 2018

Rest in Power Erica Garner

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
October 31, 2017

There They Go Again! The FBI Just Can’t Stop Being Racist and Afraid of Dissent

A recently leaked FBI Intelligence Assessment distributed over the summer is evidence that the FBI remains mired in racism and suspicious of dissent.
October 13, 2017
American Flag

Take Action: Don’t Let Trump Bully the NFL Into Silencing Players

Trump trying to shift the narrative, as our government always does, by calling into question the patriotism of those who protest. The issue is not patriotism. The issue is injustice.
October 6, 2017

Take Action: Is The FBI Concocting A Terrorist Threat Out of Racial Justice Groups?

If you are black and angry about police violence, you are a potential terror threat. Or so says a newly released FBI Intelligence Assessment that concocts a non-existent movement they dub “Black Identity Extremists.”
September 21, 2017
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Defending Rights & Dissent Statement on Police Responses to Protests in St. Louis

As organization dedicated both to police accountability and to defending political dissent, we are deeply disturbed by both the acquittal of the former police officer who killed Anthony Lamar Smith and police use of force against the protests in response to this acquittal.
August 22, 2017
archival poster "don't talk to the FBI

Know Your Rights: When the FBI Knocks

The FBI is investigating the car attack against anti-racist activists in Charlottesville, VA, and has been reaching out to counterprotesters who were there, to conduct interviews ostensibly about the car attack.
June 2, 2017
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So Maybe it ISN’T Constitutional to Deafen Protesters?

US District Judge Hon. Robert W. Sweet denied a bid by the City of New York to dismiss key assault and battery, excessive force, and failure to train claims in a landmark federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of NY and NYPD officers who used an LRAD “sound cannon” against Black Lives Matter protesters, journalists, and bystanders in December of 2014.
May 24, 2017
Berkeley Police

Berkeley Copwatch Demands Release of Racial Profiling Report

Berkeley Police Chief Andy Greenwood has told the Police Review Commission that, although a report on racial profiling has finally been provided to him by the Center for Equity Policing (CPE) he doesn’t want to release it yet. While the
May 1, 2017
US Capitol

These Bills Go Exactly the Wrong Way on Criminal Justice Reform

Tell your Representative to oppose three bills that will increase police militarization, invade privacy, and expand the federal death penalty.