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February 18, 2021

Oscar De Priest: Black Congressional Pioneer

In becoming the first Black American elected to Congress since Reconstruction—and the son of former slaves, no less—Illinois Representative Oscar De Priest faced challenges and threats on multiple fronts. First, it was his erstwhile House colleagues, specifically long-time racists like John Rankin (D-MS) and Thomas Jefferson Busby (D-MS). 
February 17, 2021

Arkansas’s Anti-Boycott Law Violates the First Amendment

On February 12, 2021 the 8th Circuit of Appeals ruled that Arkansas’s anti-boycott law targeting supporters of Palestinian human rights violated the First Amendment. The challenge was brought by the Arkansas Times.  The newspaper that takes no position on Boycotts,
February 9, 2021

Defending Rights & Dissent Joins Press Freedom Groups in Calling on Biden Admin to Drop Assange Charges

Defending Rights & Dissent joined with a wide range of press freedom, civil liberties, and international human rights advocacy organizations to call on acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson to drop the indictment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The Trump administration
February 4, 2021

Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theories Posted Publicly on a US Department of Homeland Security Website

DHS has an unfortunate habit of asking the general public to help protect the homeland in ways that that predictably reinforce racist, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic and other profiling.
January 27, 2021

70+ Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Organizations Warn Against Repealing or Making Overbroad Changes to Section 230 in Wake of Capitol Attack

Gutting Section 230 would make it more difficult for web platforms to combat the type of dangerous rhetoric that led to the attack on the Capitol.
January 26, 2021

Fred Hampton: The Fight for Truth

Fifty-one years ago, the Chicago Police raided the office of the Illinois Black Panther Party killing Fred Hampton and Mark Clark. The police initially claimed they acted in self-defense, but this was quickly exposed as a lie. The Chicago Police
January 23, 2021

​Defending our Rights in a Time of Rightist Revolts and Mass Media Handwringing

Some journalists are still using overheated prose and alarmist rhetoric and are pushing elected public officials to undermine our First Amendment rights to Free Speech and Assembly.
January 22, 2021

Civil Liberties After the Insurrection

The January 6 attack on our democracy has led to renewed calls for a domestic terrorism law, expanded surveillance powers, laws to limit protest rights, and other civil liberties killing measures. Somehow, despite the demonstrated disutility of law enforcement on
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Leftists have been burned so many times by Hollywood depictions of radicals. So it’s a welcome surprise when, once in a blue moon, Hollywood actually does the history of American radicals justice - like in Judas & the Black Messiah https://www.jacobinmag.com/2021/02/judas-black-messiah-fred-hampton-film-review

CT's indomitable spirit lit up our board for decades. Can't wait to read his memoir! A Black preacher, a White sheriff and the punch in the face that put Selma on the map
By Gillian Brockell

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/02/21/ct-vivian-selma-punch-sheriff/

The civil rights work that IL Rep. Oscar De Priest - first Black American elected to Congress since Reconstruction - began in Congress is more relevant and important today than ever. https://www.rightsanddissent.org/news/oscar-de-priest-black-congressional-pioneer/

"I do think it's important to show the depths of which the Panthers were under siege."

DRAD's Chip Gibbons joined @SantitaJ and Friends on the #TheSantitaJacksonShow earlier today to discuss the newest movie about the murder of #FredHampton "Judas & the Black Messiah."

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