Police Militarization and Use of Force

August 3, 2016
bike cops hem in protesters at RNC

So, How’d That “Freedom of Assembly” Go at the National Political Conventions?

If the national political conventions are a touchstone of our democracy, why are First Amendment rights outside the conventions so precarious?
August 3, 2016
The Constitution of the United States of America

What The Republican and Democratic Party Platforms Say About Civil Liberties

"Republicans came out in favor of stricter regulations for aerial surveillance devices, except when those devices are being used by the government to monitor undocumented immigrants from crossing the border. The platform also came out in opposition to the government requiring surveillance devices in the daily lives of Americans, and cited tracking devices on motor vehicles as an example."
July 29, 2016
Riot police in Pittsburgh PA approaching peaceful protesters

Bulletproof Warrior Shot Down

Oakland Privacy Working Group activists have scored another victory, this time against police militarization.
July 28, 2016
picture of Maina Kiai

UN Special Rapporteur: US Falls Short on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association

"In short, people have good reason to be angry and frustrated at the moment. And it is at times like these when robust promotion of assembly and association rights are needed most."
July 19, 2016

Battling Convention: Inside the police’s playbook for repressing protests at national conventions.

In 1968, outside the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Chicago, police violently cleared the streets of antiwar protesters, smashing heads and clubbing with abandon. Inside, even some Democratic Party officials blanched at the level of brutality. Abraham Ribicoff, a senator from Connecticut, denounced the police’s “Gestapo tactics” from the podium of the convention hall, earning the ire of Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley and the applause of many delegates.
July 14, 2016
people march for justice in St Paul #BlackLivesMatter

FBI Targets Black Lives Matter Activists… Again

The FBI is fanning the flames of fear and distrust toward the Black Lives Matter movement.
July 12, 2016
Police Traffic Stop

How Supreme Court Opened The Door For Racist Profiling

On the day of his death at the hands of a police officer, Phillando Castille was experiencing what had become a common occurrence in his life – being pulled over by the police. Before he was killed by a police
July 11, 2016

Recap: Panel Discussion on Social Movements and the Surveillance State

As part of our ongoing Activism is Not Terrorism campaign, BORDC/DDF hosted a panel of activists last week to discuss how social movements should fight against the ever-expanding government-sanctioned surveillance state. The event was made possible with help from DC Jacobin
July 11, 2016
Reaper Drone at Hancock Air Base

On Robots That Kill

The legacy of drone-based extrajudicial executions abroad should give pause about how killer robots might be used at home.
June 14, 2016
Cut UASI Logo

Urban Areas Security Initiative Fuels Police Militarization

BORDC/DDF has joined War Resisters League and The American Friends Service Committee, and over thirty other civil liberties, religious, and peace and social justice groups to call on the House Appropriations Committee to maintain the President’s cut to Urban Areas Security Initiative
May 25, 2016
police in combat fatigues in downtown Pittsburgh with LRAD mounted on trudk

Stop the Orgy of Police Militarization, Groups Tell Senate Appropriations Committee

War Resisters League and The American Friends Service Committee, joined by twenty-one other civil liberties, religious, and social justice groups called on the Senate Appropriations Committee to maintain the President’s cut to Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) funding as a “step in the right direction.”
May 25, 2016
Quicken Loans Arena

RNC Convention Update: Secret Service Announces Cleveland Protest Restrictions

Cleveland Secret Service officials held a briefing this morning to announce a set of special, temporary regulations governing protest and use of public space during the Republican National Convention, to be held in the city July 18-21. City officials have
May 20, 2016
Law enforcement officers lined up in riot gear during the 2008 Republican National Convention.

Philadelphia PD Shopping for Security Gear Ahead of Democratic Convention

As the national political conventions approach, much attention has been focused on security preparations underway in Cleveland, host to the Republican National Convention in July. Citing the fractious nature of the GOP primaries and long tradition of protest, authorities in Cleveland have invested
April 18, 2016
NYPD officers making an arrest

NYC to Rally for Right to Know Act

New Yorkers will rally for the Right to Know Act for police transparency
April 18, 2016
Student Using Computer

Oakland PD Monitoring Social Media, Despite Privacy Commission Win

The city of Oakland has yet again become a hotspot in the fight against mass surveillance. The East Bay Express reports the Oakland Police Department began using a social media surveillance and analytics tool called Geofeedia, but the public was never
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