Topic: Free Speech and Assembly
If the prosecution can’t in “good conscience, ask another fourteen citizens” to sit through a trial of protesters, there’s a solution. Drop the charges.
DRAD, Joined by Chelsea Manning and Defend J20 Resistance, Delivers Nearly 180,000 Petitions Demanding J20 Charges Be Dropped
A day after the petitions were delivered, we learned that the trial, set to start April 17, had been delayed again.
From the Bay Area, California to Durham, North Carolina grassroots activists are scoring victories against police militarization.
In Light of Recent Massacre of Palestinian Protesters, It’s Time for US Police to End Exchanges of Worst Practices With Human Rights Abusers
Although Defending Rights & Dissent is a domestic civil liberties, we recognize the threat allowing police departments to train with known human rights abusers. US police are frequently criticized for acting like an occupying army. Training with an actual occupying army will only further this mindset amongst law enforcement.
Prosecution’s Anonymous FBI Expert in J20 Trial is Another Attempt to Demonize Protesters and Journalists
The Department of Justice’s continuing felony prosecutions stemming from an anti-capitalist, anti-fascist protest during Trump’s inauguration has taken yet another bizarre turn. Earlier this month Assistant US Attorney Jennifer Kerkhoff indicated her intent to call as an expert witness, an FBI agent who infiltrated social movements, such as Occupy Wall Street, to opine on “black bloc tactics.” The government has also requested that the witness testify publicly under an alias. They cite as cause for concern about the “safety and security” of the FBI agent the fact that journalists and other observers (including the author of this piece) reported on public testimony during the last trial.
Watch a webinar on the implications of anti-protest bills for social movements.
Join us for a free webinar Wednesday March 14th from 7-8:30pm EST to learn about the scores of anti-protest bills that have been introduced in state legislatures this year, and find out how to fight them.
Call (202) 224-3121 to let Congress know: “I oppose the Israel Anti-Boycott Act (HR 1697/S 720) because the First Amendment protects the right to engage in political boycotts.”
Portland residents have a chance to stand up for the right to boycott.
Take Action: Arizona HB2007 Will Impose Harsh Penalties on Even Peaceful, Lawful Protesters Who Wear Masks or Other Disguises/Costumes
The bill is a direct attack on the right to anonymous speech.