January 6, 2020
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Defending Rights & Dissent Condemns Border Detentions of Iranian-Americans, Urges Congress to Assert Their Constitutional War Powers

Days after Donald Trump ordered the assassination of an Iranian general, sparking concern of a US war with Iran, over 60 individuals of Iranian descent, including US citizens and permanent residents, were detained, had their passports confiscated, and were interrogated about their political beliefs at the US-Canadian border.ending Rights & Dissent strongly condemns these detententions. It is flagrantly unconstitutional to subject someone to detention because of their national origin or ethnicity.
September 17, 2019
protesters at US Capitol with signs opposing Trump and Muslim ban

It’s About Time. House Will Hold Hearing on Muslim Ban

More than two years after it was enacted, the US House of Representatives is finally holding a hearing on the impact of the Muslim Ban.
May 7, 2019
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Ahead of Hearing, Defending Rights & Dissent Urges Homeland Security Committee to Address Law Enforcement Abuses of Counterterrorism Authorities

With an uptick in white supremacist violence, the House Homeland Security Committee is holding a hearing on “Confronting the Rise of Domestic Terrorism in the Homeland.” Defending Rights & Dissent recognizes the real threat white supremacist violence poses to many communities. We also have deep concerns about how law enforcement routinely abuses their counterterrorism authorities. The framework of “terrorism” has been used to criminalize some of the very same communities most at risk from white supremacist violence. When investigating nonviolent activists, law enforcement frequently cite their counterterrorism authorities.
October 11, 2018
Official portrait of FBI Agent Terry Albury

Terry Albury is a Conscientious Whistleblower

FBI agent Terry Albury saw inherent racism in the FBI’s targeting of local communities of color, and sought to blow the whistle on that racism and the agency’s unethical use of paid informants. He will be sentenced under the Espionage Act next week.
August 17, 2018
US Capitol

Nonprofits Push Back Against Misinformation in House Hearing on Muslim Brotherhood

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing was filled with appalling testimony based on Islamophobia and fear-mongering rather than facts and evidence.
June 26, 2018
The Supreme Court

Defending Rights & Dissent Response to Supreme Court Ruling in Trump v. Hawaii

Defending Rights & Dissent strongly condemns the Supreme Court’s Trump v. Hawaii decision to uphold the third iteration of Trump’s Muslim Ban.  
June 20, 2018

NOT Trump Iftar

On June 6, as the Muslim community was girding for a Supreme Court decision on his Muslim Ban, President Trump hosted an Iftar at the White House. Muslim human rights groups organized a protest Iftar outside the White House
April 23, 2018

Civ Lib Groups and Generals Agree: Vote No on Haspel

Members of the Senate got two letters today. Over 100 Generals expressed concern over Haspel's nomination, while civil liberties and progressive groups weighed in against both Haspel and Pompeo
March 28, 2018

We Stand With Noor Salman

The Justice for Muslims Collective has organized a growing coalition of justice groups standing in solidarity with Noor Salman and demanding an end to the prosecution against her.
February 6, 2018

Injustice: The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five

Join us as author Miko Peled traces the labyrinthine course of the case of the Holy Land Foundation Five, presenting a terrifying picture of governmental over-reach in post-9/11 America. A discussion with Laila Al-Arian and a Q&A will follow.
November 30, 2017
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Civil Society Groups to Congress: Oppose Islamophobic Judge

The groups agreed that Talley’s publicly-stated Islamophobic opinions that “mainstream” Islam preaches the “murder of nonbelievers” and his support for President Trump’s statement “Islam hates us,” demonstrate an unquestionable inability to be impartial with respect to the rights and religious freedom of American Muslims.
August 24, 2017
room full of mostly women, many young and most in hijab

Resisting Surveillance Forum

Over 120 people came together on a hot muggy Sunday afternoon in August to learn about our government’s Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programs in Montgomery County, MD, and around the country.
August 1, 2017
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Statement on Senate Confirmation of Christopher Wray to Be Director of The FBI

We are disappointed that members of the Senate did not press Mr. Wray for a strong commitment to stand up to President Trump’s worst tendencies
July 13, 2017
Cute lovely Arabic school children at classroom having education activities

A Government Commission to Decide the “Right” Way to Practice Your Faith

This afternoon, the House of Representatives will debate an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would create two commissions that will decide the right way, and the wrong way, to practice Islam.
June 14, 2017
Sunset sky over the US Capitol building dome in Washington DC.

Why Is A Senate Committee Bringing Message of Anti-Muslim Street Protests Onto Capitol Hill?

If the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) is interested in learning more about terrorism and effective strategies to protect against it, they should call as witnesses experts on terrorism, not purveyors of half-truths and innuendo.