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March 9, 2020

Webinar: The Extradition of Julian Assange and the Future of Global Press Freedom

In a move that has major ramifications for global press freedom, the United States is seeking to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from the UK to stand trial under the Espionage Act for the crime of publishing truthful information of public interest about US foreign policy. Join us on Wednesday, March 11 for a free webinar with Daniel Ellsberg and Kevin Gosztola.
March 2, 2020

FISA Extension Bill Delayed; Next Steps Uncertain

On February 26, the House Judiciary Committee suddenly postponed a scheduled vote on the USA FREEDOM Reauthorizaion Act, a months-long, bipartisan effort to reform and reauthorize
February 26, 2020
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Assange Extradition Threatens Global Press Freedom

ssange is charged under the Espionage Act for publishing truthful information. The indictment is seen as an assault on those people and organizations that publish classified information in the public interest.
February 25, 2020

Defending Rights & Dissent Backs Bill to Rein In Foreign Intelligence Surveillance

Defending Rights & Dissent is supporting the Safeguarding Americans' Private Records Act (SAPRA), a bi-partisan bill to rein in surveillance.
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.
February 11, 2020
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Sorry, Mr. President, Only Congress Has the Authority to Declare War.

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.
February 10, 2020
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Missed Opportunities At Last Week’s FBI Oversight Hearing

The FBI both has expansive surveillance powers and a long history of abusing civil liberties. Congress must exercise oversight over the FBI. This requires approaching these abuses as what they are--longstanding, systemic problems.Unfortunately, for the most part, both Democrats and Republicans missed opportunities at least week’s hearing to really take on the issue of FBI abuse.
February 3, 2020
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Expansion of Muslim Ban Creates Dire Need for Congress to Pass No Ban Act

Just days after the third anniversay of his original Muslim ban, Trump has outdone himself by expanding the ban in his signature cruel, bigoted, and racist

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.@MayorBowser, we are urging you to place a moratorium on nonviolent arrests & limit police-general public interactions during your DC #stayathome order. Read the letter here: https://rightsanddissent.org/news/local-groups-call-on-dc-law-enforcement-to-halt-nonviolent-arrests-limit-police-interactions-during-stay-at-home-mandate/

We joined a growing list of local & national groups last week calling on @MayorBowser to to place a moratorium on nonviolent arrests and limit police-general public interactions during the DC #stayathome order. Read the letter here: https://rightsanddissent.org/news/local-groups-call-on-dc-law-enforcement-to-halt-nonviolent-arrests-limit-police-interactions-during-stay-at-home-mandate/

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#BREAKING DC issues stay-at-home order amid coronavirus threat https://bit.ly/2UQ6CTU

A public health crisis isn't a justification for a blatant illegal power grab by Trump's DOJ! Tell Congress to reject Bill Barr's request for expansive emergency powers. https://rightsanddissent.salsalabs.org/dojcoronavirus/index.html

Staying at home doesn't mean staying silent. We made a resource for our fellow troublemakers who won't stay silent while we #stayathome. https://rightsanddissent.org/news/guide-for-activists-on-stay-in-place-orders/

How do we make sure #stayathome orders don’t infringe on civil liberties or lead to increased policing? A guide for activists. https://rightsanddissent.org/news/guide-for-activists-on-stay-in-place-orders/

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