Defend The Right To Protest

July 13, 2020
person wearing a FBI JTTF windbreaker at a press conference with other police

Barr’s New FBI Task Force Is Just Another Tool to Use Against Protesters

As the nation rises up against police brutality and racism, Attorney General William Barr has escalated his attacks on protesters. On June 26, 2020, he announced the formation of a task force on violent anti-government extremists. Although its stated purpose
July 13, 2020

Statement on Kenneth Marcus’s Resignation As Head of Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights

Kenneth Marcus has announced that he is resigning as assistant secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education.Given Marcus’s long history of working to silence student speech supportive of Palestinian rights, Defending Rights & Dissent opposed his nomination to the post. While Defending Rights & Dissent supports robust enforcement of our nation’s civil rights laws, we oppose the misuse of those laws to silence political speech about Palestinian rights or Israeli policy, as Marcus did.
July 10, 2020

Take Action: Congress Needs to End the Use of Facial Recognition Technology

“If the technology is flawed and the policing is flawed, then the whole thing is flawed.” Robert Williams wrongfully arrested in Michigan due to false facial recognition match As millions of Americans rise up – both on the streets and
June 26, 2020

DRAD Joins 40+ Groups to Declare Intimidation Tactics in Louisiana Won’t Silence Environmental Protesters

40+ advocacy groups express outrage over arrests of Louisiana Bucket Brigade leaders, vow to stop Formosa’s plans to poison the Black community in St. James BATON ROUGE, LA: Two leaders of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade were charged under Louisiana’s felony
June 5, 2020

No One Expects the Third Amendment

It wasn’t long ago the president called for “liberating” states that had been on lockdown in response to the contagious coronavirus, encouraging people to exercise their First Amendment rights and push back against what he considered government overreach.  But now
June 1, 2020
special tactics team ready for action in the streets

Killology, BulletProof, and Warrior Policing

President Trump’s reckless encouragement of police officers to rough up people in their custody overshadowed comments made by Bob Krull, head of the Minneapolis police union, at a 2017 political rally in Minnesota.  Fervent from speaking at the same podium
June 1, 2020
People protesting

Defending Rights & Dissent Condemns Nationwide Violence Against Anti-Police Brutality Protests

Over the last several days, we have seen shocking images of police violence against protesters. We have heard politicians at all levels of government, and from both sides of the aisle, speak of “outside agitators,” an age old lie told to delegitimize social movements, downplay rightful anger, and greenlight repression. These are dark and trying times. But it is precisely because of dark and trying times that we at Defending Rights & Dissent fight for the right to protest and engage in collective action aimed at building a more just world. 
May 4, 2020

Protect Workers Who Blow The Whistle

Defending Rights & Dissent joined with  the Athena Coalition, Fight for the Future,  Free Press, Media Justice and dozens of other justice groups on this statement in support of warehouse and other lower-income workers blowing the whistle on unsafe working
January 17, 2020

Cotton, Cruz, and Braun Attempt to Weaponize DOJ Against Dissidents

We are deeply disturbed by a letter from the senators insinuating that the National Iranian American Council has dual loyalties, is somehow less American than other organizations in this space, and should be subject to a Justice Department investigation.
December 11, 2019

Defending Rights & Dissent Opposes Trump Executive Order Equating Support for Palestinian Rights with Anti-Semitic Discrimination

Anti-semitism is a real threat and should be opposed. Civil rights laws are an important and necessary tool in upholding the rights of all people. However, it is a distortion of civil rights to use federal civil rights law to silence political speech and advocacy for Palestinian human rights.
November 19, 2019

A Deeply Undemocratic Bill Sits on Wisconsin Governor Evers Desk. He Should Veto It.

A coalition of national civil liberties, labor, and environmental groups has asked Governor Evers to veto the Felony Trespass Bill, which recently passed the Wisconsin state legislature. The bill is designed to silence opposition to pipelines within the state by
October 21, 2019

Wisconsin Legislature Considers Two Bills Meant to Silence Protest

Two bills making their way through the state legislature target protests, and are part of the wave of anti-protest bills we’ve been fighting across the country since 2016. In Wisconsin, anti-pipeline protesters and student protesters are being singled out for draconian penalties.
August 21, 2019

U. of Wisconsin Seeks to Make Anti-Protest Rule Permanent

DRAD submits testimony against proposal to make draconian rules permanent.
August 16, 2019

“I have to do something”

“I don’t care whether our action will affect the government’s decision – I only know I have to do something to protect the place which I live in.” These words belong to a 21-year-old student in Hong Kong but could
August 15, 2019

NLRB Threatens Scabby the Rat, Free Speech

The balloons come between 6 and 25 feet and in Chicago, the place they were founded, their use has become synonymous with workers on strike.
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