Defending Rights & Dissent

April 28, 2021
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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 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 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
April 14, 2021
police fire projectiles at protesters

The People Have a Right to Demand Justice for Daunte Wright

April 14, 2021 Last night, for the third night in a row, people in Brooklyn Center, MN took to the streets to protest the police killing of Daunte Wright. And for a third night, police in riot gear responded with
April 6, 2021

Standing With Daniel Hale, Standing With Whistleblowers

Last week, Daniel Hale, a drone whistleblower, pled guilty to one count of violating the Espionage Act. Hale admitted in court that he gave to an investigative reporter documents detailing human rights abuses pertaining to the US’s troubling assassination program.
April 1, 2021

Defending Rights & Dissent Joins Members of Congress, Civil Society Groups, and Distinguished Historians, in Demanding Release of Fred Hampton Files

Members of Congress, civil society groups, and historians and other scholars all called on Attorney General Merrick Garland to release the remaining files on the FBI’s role in the assassination of Fred Hampton. Hampton, the charismatic young leader of the
March 31, 2021

We Still Stand With Daniel Hale

Defending Rights & Dissent stands with Daniel Hale, a courageous and heroic whistleblower. Earlier this afternoon, Hale pled guilty to one count of “retention and transmission of national defense information” in violation of the Espionage Act. Hale was charged with
March 9, 2021

Break-In: 50 Years After The Event That Exposed COINTELPRO

On March 8, 1971, a group of anti-war activists calling themselves the Citizens Commission to Investigate the FBI broke into the FBI’s Media, Pennsylvania office. They sought to gather definitive proof that the FBI was undermining social movements and waging
February 24, 2021

DRAD Joins Over 110 Organizations Demanding NYC Cancel Recent Hiring of 475 School Safety Officers

Dear Mayor de Blasio & Commissioner Shea: The revelation made during a City Council Education Committee hearing on February 18, 2021, that the NYPD is planning to hire 475 new school safety officers, at the expense of $20 million, is
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
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 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
January 9, 2021

Civil Society Groups Warn Against Anti-Protest Legislation Following Siege of US Capital

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