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September 3, 2020

Podcast Shares Stories of Protestors, Journalist Blinded by Police Projectiles 

Americans protesting the killing of George Floyd were met by militarized police using excessive force and firing rubber bullets and other projectiles into crowds of unarmed people and at journalists covering the protests. The first episode of a new podcast
September 2, 2020

DRAD talks with Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, and Thomas Drake about Whistleblowers, Press Freedom, and the Espionage Act

Recently, Donald Trump when asked about a pardon for whistleblower Edward Snowden claimed he was looking into it. While it’s unclear how serious his answer was or what his intentions were, this has sparked a renewed discussion about Snowden. Unfortunately,
August 27, 2020

The Bucks Stop Here

When NBA players refused to take the court following the shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, they did more than take a stand against racial injustice.  Whether they knew it or not, the Milwaukee Bucks’ players, who
August 20, 2020

Hoover Appreciates Your Thoughtfulness: The FBI and History’s Most Infamous Anti-Semetic Forgery

The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion are an infamous anti-Semetic forgery. Created to stoke anti-Semetisim in Russia at the turn of the 20th century, they continue to be the centerpiece of bigoted conspiracy theories to this day.  So why did an official FBI account tweet them?
August 7, 2020

Harsh Penalties For Students Who Question School Safety

Students returning to High School in Paulding County, GA this week crammed the halls. At least one student was concerned about the crowding and lack of masks, so she tweeted a photo (above). It went viral and resulted in her
August 6, 2020

Despite Reports of a Federal Withdrawal, DRAD Continues to Monitor the Situation in Portland

On July 17, Defending Rights and Dissent and the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) were joined by over fifty civil society groups in condemning the deployment of unidentified federal agents to Portland against the wishes of local elected officials.  According
July 30, 2020

Is PATRIOT Act Mass Surveillance Continuing Despite the Sunset of Section 215?

Section 215 authorizes expansive unwarranted surveillance, it’s one of the most egregious provisions of the PATRIOT Act and it feels like we’ve been fighting it forever. Finally, after many shocking revelations of abuses and too many protests, action alerts, call-in
July 29, 2020

NYPD Cops Sue to Hide Database on Police Misconduct. Communities United for Police Reform Sues Back.

July 28, 2020, New York – Today, Communities United for Police Reform (CPR), represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights and the law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliff LLP, filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit brought by five New York City
July 28, 2020

NO BAN Act Passes After Years of Delays

Over three years after Donald Trump’s Muslim ban was enacted – and a year after he expanded the ban – the US House of Representatives finally passed the NO BAN Act on Wednesday, July 22 by a vote of 233-183,
July 22, 2020

Over 50 Civil Society Groups Join DRAD & NCAC in Condemning Unidentified Federal Officers in Portland

For Immediate Release July 22, 2020 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Defending Rights and Dissent (DRAD) and the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) were joined today by fifty civil society groups condemning the deployment of federal agents to Portland against the wishes
July 17, 2020

Rest in Power: DRAD Remembers Civil Rights Icon & former board member Rev. C.T. Vivian

The board and staff of Defending Rights & Dissent mourns the loss of our longtime board member, Rev. C.T. Vivian, a legend of the civil rights movement and who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013. He served
July 13, 2020
person wearing a FBI JTTF windbreaker at a press conference with other police

Barr’s New FBI Task Force Is Just Another Tool to Use Against Protesters

As the nation rises up against police brutality and racism, Attorney General William Barr has escalated his attacks on protesters. On June 26, 2020, he announced the formation of a task force on violent anti-government extremists. Although its stated purpose
July 13, 2020

Statement on Kenneth Marcus’s Resignation As Head of Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights

Kenneth Marcus has announced that he is resigning as assistant secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education.Given Marcus’s long history of working to silence student speech supportive of Palestinian rights, Defending Rights & Dissent opposed his nomination to the post. While Defending Rights & Dissent supports robust enforcement of our nation’s civil rights laws, we oppose the misuse of those laws to silence political speech about Palestinian rights or Israeli policy, as Marcus did.
July 10, 2020

Take Action: Congress Needs to End the Use of Facial Recognition Technology

“If the technology is flawed and the policing is flawed, then the whole thing is flawed.” Robert Williams wrongfully arrested in Michigan due to false facial recognition match As millions of Americans rise up – both on the streets and
July 7, 2020

DRAD Signs Open Letter Against Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act

On Tuesday, July 7, Defending Rights & Dissent, along with a host of national organizations and security experts (including DRAD board president Sascha Meinrath) from civil society, industry and academia, signed onto a national letter expressing our strong opposition to
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