Defending Rights & Dissent Joins Civil Rights and Human Rights Groups in Opposing Missouri Anti-Boycott Bill
This law would penalize supporters of Palestinian human rights who boycott Israel by denying state contracts to companies and non-profits who support such boycotts. Such a move is blatantly unconstitutional.
Marcus “has not demonstrated a willingness and ability to enforce civil rights law and protect all students in our country from discrimination.”
In Growing Crackdown on Foreign Media, Lawmakers Call for Al-Jazeera to Register As Foreign Agent Due to Its Investigative Reporting on Pro-Israel Lobbyists
A group of lawmakers are angry that an Al-Jazeera reporter partook in an undercover investigation of Israel lobbyists. As a result, they are calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to force the network to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). Such a move would clearly be a retaliatory act against investigative journalism.
On Thursday February 8, 2017, supporters of the right to boycott scored a major victory, when a Massachusetts anti-boycott bill was sent to “study.” The defeat of this bill was not a foregone conclusion. It was the result of the tireless work done by the Freedom to Boycott Massachusetts Coalition. Groups like Freedom to Boycott Massachusetts prove that grassroots activists have the power to push back against anti-boycott bills and win.
Marcus has shown little interest in defending the civil rights of vulnerable people, but he has shown a strong desire to distort civil rights law to silence political speech he disagrees with. This is unacceptable. Demand your Senators oppose Marcus.
In Victory for the Right to Boycott, Judge Issues Preliminary Injunction Against Kansas Anti-BDS Law
“The conduct the Kansas Law aims to regulate is inherently expressive. It is easy enough to associate plaintiff’s conduct with the message that the boycotters believe Israel should improve its treatment of Palestinians. And boycotts—like parades—have an expressive quality. Forcing plaintiff to disown her boycott is akin to forcing plaintiff to accommodate Kansas’s message of support for Israel.”
Together we fought mass surveillance, the Muslim bans, anti-protests bills, censorship, and attempts to roll back what progress has been made on criminal justice reform. And we fought Trump’s unqualified, reactionary, and often racist nominees. We defended whistleblowers, dissidents and press freedom.
Defending Rights & Dissent Opposes Kenneth Marcus’ Nomination to Department of Education Civil Rights Post
Marcus’ interest in civil rights seems limited to advancing unusual legal theories to silence opinions on Palestine-Israel he disagrees with. As the DOE’s Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Marcus would endanger the First Amendment and civil rights, his nomination should be rejected.
Defending Right & Dissent recently took action against affronts to the right to boycott in Maryland and Texas.