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September 7, 2023

Georgia’s latest assault on Stop Cop City: RICO charges and conspiracy theories

Defending Rights & Dissent condemns the RICO indictments leveled against 61 forest defenders, racial justice activists, and community organizers as a tool intended only to repress dissent and suppress political organizing. The indictments, made public by the office of Georgia
August 10, 2023

McCarthyism is back, and it’s coming for the peace movement

Defending Rights & Dissent condemns in the strongest possible terms the increasing McCarthyite attacks on leftwing and peace groups critical of US-policy towards China. As tensions between the US and China escalate, we have unsurprisingly seen attacks against those who
July 20, 2023

Activists Are Working to Give the People of Atlanta a Chance to Vote on Cop City

Update: A judge has struck residency requirements for petition gathers and reset the clock for signature collection.   Copyright, Truthout. Reprinted with permission; original link here. When it comes to Atlanta’s planned $90 million police training center, widely dubbed “Cop City,”
July 18, 2023

House Judiciary Set to Act on Privacy and Press Freedom Bills

UPDATE July 19, 2023: Both bills passed out of committee this morning. The vote on the PRESS Act was unanimous in favor. The Fourth Amendment is Not for Sale vote was unanimous in support, but for a “present” vote from
July 5, 2023

Organizing in the shadow of the surveillance state

There are few activities more legally risky than deciding to protest Cop City. I’d recommend becoming an opposition journalist in an authoritarian regime, perhaps, or maybe ding dong ditching the White House. Cops have shown no hesitation in assassinating an
June 28, 2023

Stop Cop City is everywhere

Despite the arrests of protesters and their support network, or perhaps because of it, the Stop Cop City movement is everywhere. Driving through Atlanta, I see Stop Cop City wheatpaste posters pasted on abandoned buildings and at highway intersections. “Defend
June 26, 2023

 Dozens of Cops Descend on a Peaceful Vigil as the Stop Cop City Week of Action Begins

Twenty to thirty police officers descended on a peaceful vigil to Tortuguita, where protesters lawfully occupied a public park. The first day of the sixth week of action to Defend the Atlanta Forest opened with a lowkey park party. Trying
June 16, 2023

Honoring Daniel Ellsberg means keeping up the fight

Today, the country lost one of its fiercest champions for peace, disarmament, and press freedom. In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg risked his personal freedom to alert the public that its government had continuously lied to them about the Vietnam War. Dan
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