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July 18, 2024

With 4,500 cops on the ground for the RNC, Milwaukee created a volatile situation for protest

Copyright Truthout, 2024. The piece initially appeared with the title: “Milwaukee Shipped in 4,500 Cops From Across the US to Suppress Protest at RNC.” Reprinted with permission. The link to the original article can be found here. Contestations over the Republican
July 10, 2024

Protest Under Fire: Summer 2024

Protest is the voice of the people.  It’s a powerful tool to force confrontation and shake up the status quo. From writing letters to protesting in the streets, from occupations to boycotts, our democracy demands that people have the freedom
July 10, 2024

Apartheid South Africa to Israel: Protests for divestment then and now

In April 1985, University of California Berkeley’s campus was alight with protests over the university’s continued South African investments in the endowment’s portfolio. Long a hub of protest activity, Sproul Plaza saw thousands of students hanging banners, dragging in mattresses,
July 3, 2024

Reflection and Celebration of Assange’s Freedom: Dispatches from those covering the case from the start

On Monday, July 1, Defending Rights & Dissent and Assange Defense Committee hosted an online event, which can be viewed here.  Matthew Hoh is a former Marine who resigned from the State Department in 2008 to protest the escalation of
July 2, 2024

The Supreme Court’s granting of sweeping immunity to presidents is flagrantly undemocratic and dangerous

On July 1, 2024, the Supreme Court released a shocking 6-3 ruling in Trump v. United States. Special Counsel Jack Smith brought criminal charges against former President Donald Trump, alleging that, by seeking to overturn the legitimate results of the
June 24, 2024

Defending Rights & Dissent Welcomes Julian Assange’s Freedom, Opposes The Government’s Abuse of the Espionage Act

Defending Rights & Dissent welcomes the news that Julian Assange will go free for the first time in over a decade. For over five years, Assange has been confined to Belmarsh Prison in London, as he contested his extradition to
June 21, 2024

DRAD Submits Report to UN on Constriction of Civic Space Around Pro-Palestine Activism

Defending Rights & Dissent frequently lends our expertise to international bodies evaluating American adherence to international norms surrounding freedom of expression, defending civil space against state repression, and other related topics. On June 21, 2024, we submitted the following testimony
June 6, 2024

11 Years After the Snowden Revelations: It’s Time to Fix the Espionage Act

We owe courageous truthtellers that much. Eleven years ago Americans learned the dirty secrets of the NSA’s illegal surveillance of US citizens – thanks to a courageous whistleblower, Edward Snowden. Yet, because of the anti-democratic, free-speech-killing Espionage Act, Snowden is
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