Topic: Free Speech and Assembly
Although the “Israel Anti-Boycott Act” was first introduced in March, in the last 48 hours it has spawned widespread media attention and outrage.
Defending Rights & Dissent was joined by the Center for Constitutional Rights, National Lawyers Guild, Massachusetts Chapter, and Palestine Legal in opposing a Massachusetts bill that threatens the right to boycott.
Rights Groups File FOIA to Uncover Details About Police Use of Force, Infiltration of Inauguration Protests
DC National Lawyers Guild (DC NLG) and Defending Rights and Dissent, two groups who defend the right to protest, are demanding answers about the Metropolitan Police Department’s conduct during anti-Trump inauguration protests.
“These state bills, with their criminalization of assemblies, enhanced penalties and general stigmatization of protesters, are designed to discourage the exercise of…fundamental rights.”
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.
Congress Stands Up for Protester Rights and Condemns Violence Against US Protesters. There Has To Be A Catch
Members of Congress want to hold Turkish security forces accountable for infringing on the right to peaceful protest in our Nation’s Capital. We just wish our members of Congress were also willing to hold our own police accountable when they abuse our rights.
Trump’s firing of the man overseeing an investigation concerning himself and his associates oozes Nixonian vibes. In spite of the objectively terrifying nature of these facts, Comey should not be lionized.
FCC’s claim that site was DDoS attacked during John Oliver’s viral net neutrality segment raises questions
Advocates for a free internet are skeptical of the claim, and concerned that comments made by the public will get lost.
On April 23, 2017, Defending Rights & Dissent’s Policy & Legislative Counsel, Chip Gibbons, addressed 110 people at the Faith Forum on Middle East Policy.
In Spite of Local Law Limiting Investigations of First Amendment Assemblies, DC Police Infiltrated Organizing Group for Inauguration Protests
Before the Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) had arrested a single protester at Trump’s inauguration, undercover agents had infiltrated one of the main groups organizing protests according to court documents.