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January 28, 2020

Defending Rights & Dissent Teams Up With Institute For Policy Studies for A People’s Briefing on FBI Abuse

Sixty people attended a joint Defending Rights & Dissent and Institute for Policy Studies People's Briefing on political surveillance and the FBI.
January 21, 2020

Full House for Panel On History of Political Policing

Around 100 people gathered at The People’s Forum last Thursday, for a discussion of “Still Spying on Dissent: The History of Political Policing.” The event showcased Defending Rights & Dissent’s groundbreaking report Still Spying on the Dissent: The Enduring Problem of FBI First Amendment Abuse and comes on the heels of the 100th Anniversary of the Palmer Raids, one of the most notorious abuses of civil liberties in US history.
January 21, 2020

MoCo Council Bill Would Exacerbate School-to-Prison Pipeline and Maryland’s Already Nation-Leading Black Youth Incarceration Rate

The bill would put more cops in schools.
January 17, 2020
US Capitol

Transparency Groups Oppose Senate Plan to Restrict Press During Impeachment Trial

Defending Rights & Dissent joined with 17 other civil society organizations on a letter objecting to restrictions place on members of the media. The letter includes
January 17, 2020

Cotton, Cruz, and Braun Attempt to Weaponize DOJ Against Dissidents

We are deeply disturbed by a letter from the senators insinuating that the National Iranian American Council has dual loyalties, is somehow less American than other organizations in this space, and should be subject to a Justice Department investigation.
January 15, 2020

Guantanamo at 18, Out of the Headlines, But Activists Continue to Bear Witness

More than a decade after they were brought to Guantánamo, 40 men remain detained there, including five who have been approved by the U.S. government for transfer out of the detention camp. Most of the men have never been charged or convicted of any crime.
January 13, 2020
US Capitol at Night

Times Up for Mass Surveillance.

Lawmakers this spring have the opportunity to end massive surveillance programs that erode civil liberties without making Americans safer.
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.

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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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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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