February 13, 2020

Open Letter: Ban Facial Recognition on School Campuses

Among the findings noted in the resolution, is the key fact that Congress has the sole power to declare war under article I, section 8, clause 11 of the United States Constitution.
March 17, 2019

Police Department Report-Your-Neighbor Apps Proliferate Without Oversight or Community Input

Remember the good ol’ days when just Big Brother kept tabs on what you did and where you went?
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.
September 12, 2018
protesters march down the street with anti pipeline signs

State Bureau of Investigation unit prepared “threat assessment” of Atlantic Coast Pipeline protestors

The state’s surveillance and counter-terrorism unit, the Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAAC), warned law enforcement officials that the Atlantic Coast Pipeline could attract “violent extremists” who are opposed to the natural gas project in North Carolina, a document obtained by Policy Watch shows.
July 23, 2018

Color of Surveillance Delegation Takes DC By Storm, Demands Transparency and Accountability on Government Surveillance Aimed at Communities of Color

Community leaders from around the country participated in lobby visits, a Congressional briefing, and a full day conference at Georgetown Law last week as part of the Color of Surveillance delegation organized by the Center for Media Justice.
June 25, 2018
Black Woman holds sign asking who called the police and why??

Montgomery county residents and local groups question police practices in Silver Spring shooting death of Robert White

A letter from six groups and over 600 residents raises concerns in the wake of the shooting death of  Robert White, a black man who was killed about one mile from his childhood home in Silver Spring on June 11. He was killed while on foot near his neighborhood, which he walked routinely, according to neighbors.
May 31, 2018

Groups to DHS: What’s in the ‘Race Paper’ and Why are You Hiding it From Us?

More than 40 racial-justice and civil-liberties groups urging the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release an unredacted version of a memo referred to as the “Race Paper”
May 27, 2018

“My life was turned upside down not once but twice by our government.” How many times does Sherry Chen have to prove she is not a spy?

Concern -- and activism -- grows around national security profiling of Asian Americans in the sciences and academia.
April 10, 2018
FBI emblem

DRAD and Others Urge Strict Oversight of FBI After Wray’s Remarks RE: Chinese Americans

At a Senate hearing, FBI Director Wray cast suspicion on virtually every Chinese American in academia.
March 21, 2018
Sunset sky over the US Capitol building dome in Washington DC.

House Passes STOP School Violence Act, Which Threatens to Accelerate School-to-Prison Pipeline

We all want our children to be safer at school, but Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018 threatens the civil liberties of students
March 1, 2018

54 Organizations Demand A Public Hearing on Racism & Violence by Washington DC Police

Defending Rights and Dissent joined with Black Lives Matter DC, the Stop Police Terror project and over 50 other organizations to demand that the DC City Council hold a public hearing outside of work hours, to hear public testimony regarding racism and violence in the Metropolitan Police Department
December 1, 2017

SARS, CVE and the Gang Database. Chicago Resists Surveillance

The American Friends Service Committee and the Social Justice Initiative at University of Illinois Chicago hosted a “Resisting Surveillance” panel investigating surveillance programs in Chicago, and how communities are resisting these racist, invasive and dangerous practices.
October 31, 2017

There They Go Again! The FBI Just Can’t Stop Being Racist and Afraid of Dissent

A recently leaked FBI Intelligence Assessment distributed over the summer is evidence that the FBI remains mired in racism and suspicious of dissent.
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.
May 24, 2017
Berkeley Police

Berkeley Copwatch Demands Release of Racial Profiling Report

Berkeley Police Chief Andy Greenwood has told the Police Review Commission that, although a report on racial profiling has finally been provided to him by the Center for Equity Policing (CPE) he doesn’t want to release it yet. While the