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May 12, 2021

Is ‘Student Activism’ a Four-Letter Word? Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. and Student Speech

Last week, the Supreme Court heard an important case about student free speech rights. The case, Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. concerns a cheerleader who was suspended from her junior varsity cheerleading team following a Snapchat post where she
May 1, 2021

Commemorating May Day 2021

May 1, 2021 By Chip Gibbons Today is May Day, commemorated throughout the world as International Workers’ Day. Although May Day is celebrated by the vast majority of countries, it is not an official holiday in the United States. Yet,
April 29, 2021

Jordan Cove Pipeline Protests: Is the FBI Still Spying on Activists?

By Patrick G. Eddington April 29, 2021 It’s been over three months since the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission threw a regulatory wrench into Canada-based Pembina Pipeline Corporation’s proposed Jordan Cove liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal project, and the legal battle
April 28, 2021
Simulation of a screen of cctv cameras with facial recognition

DRAD and Others Urge End to Previously Secret Facial Recognition Program Operating in the National Capitol Region (Maryland, DC, and Virginia)

April 28, 2021 Today, Defending Rights & Dissent joined two dozen other organizations to urge an end to the funding for the National Capital Region Facial Recognition Investigative Leads System (“NCR-FRILS”) pilot project, halt the use of the system, and
April 26, 2021

Defending Rights and Dissent Statement on DC Police Settlement With Trump Inauguration Protesters

April 26, 2021 The Metropolitan Police Department has settled two separate civil suits stemming from their arrest of Trump Inauguration (“J20”) protesters. The police have agreed to pay out $1.6 million to the plaintiffs, not challenge their requests to expunge
April 22, 2021

The FBI, Judas, and the Black Messiah

  While the assassination of Fred Hampton took place five decades ago, new revelations about the FBI’s role in Hampton’s death are still emerging. Researchers Aaron Leonard and Conor Gallagher have been key to these developments. In their quest to
April 22, 2021

Journalists on Trial

By R.A. Bloomfield April 22, 2021 In May 2020, police pepper sprayed and detained Des Moines Register reporter Andrea Sahouri while she was covering a Black Lives Matter protest. Body cam footage of the incident shows Sahouri blinded by pepper
April 20, 2021

DRAD Calls on Feds to End Use of Clearview AI Facial Recognition Tech

In a new letter co-signed by dozens of civil rights and civil liberties organizations across the country, Defending Rights & Dissent is calling on the federal government to end its use of facial recognition technology provided by the private company
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It was 36 years ago today that Philadelphia earned the sorry distinction of being the first U.S. city government to bomb its own people.
https://www.rightsanddissent.org/news/may-13-1985-the-day-a-city-bombed-its-own-people/

Is ‘Student Activism’ a Four-Letter Word? Mahoney Area School District v. B.L. and Student Speech https://www.rightsanddissent.org/news/is-student-activism-a-four-letter-word-mahoney-area-school-district-v-b-l-and-student-speech/

Even if DHS intends to focus on views it considers “extremist," it's not the job of a security agency to define what those terms mean. Delegitimizing “radical” thought + linking it to violence will eventually impact those out of the mainstream / activists challenging state power

DHS rebranding of the same problematic CVE programs.
These programs still rely on junk science. Vague "indicators" predict who will become violent. These criteria for surveillance and intervention are subjective, leaving room for bias and profiling.
https://www.politico.com/news/2021/05/11/dhs-domestic-terror-intelligence-487145

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