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March 9, 2021
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California Activists Challenge Clearview AI on Biometric Surveillance

The lawsuit alleges that the company’s surveillance technology violates privacy rights and facilitates government monitoring of protesters, immigrants, and communities of color. Clearview’s facial recognition tool—which allows instantaneous identification and tracking of people targeted by law enforcement—chills political speech and other protected activities, the suit argued.
March 9, 2021

“Five feet four inches forward.” The Persistant Courage of Fannie Lou Hamer

Hamer’s brilliance as a public speaker, bravery in the face of white supremacy, and understanding of how to organize communities made her an effective civil rights advocate. Hamer saw with clear eyes the imperative of addressing both legal and extralegal barriers to political participation.
January 20, 2021
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A Chorus of Voices Warns Against Creating a “Domestic Terrorism” Charge

a new federal domestic terrorism statute or list would adversely impact civil rights and — as our nation’s long and disturbing history of targeting Black Activists, Muslims, Arabs, and movements for social and racial justice has shown — this new authority could be used to expand racial profiling or be wielded to surveil and investigate communities of color and political opponents in the name of national security
December 7, 2020

DRAD Joyously Celebrates Timuel Black’s 102nd Birthday!

It’s unclear when Timuel Black joined our board. I only know that I met him in 1992, and he was a longtime board member even back then. But what is clear is that his energy, wisdom, and insight has helped
November 30, 2020
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Selling Out the Fourth Amendment

US law enforcement and military agencies have been buying their way around the Fourth Amendment using loopholes in federal privacy laws to access vast troves of our personal data.  As we all know, private companies like Facebook, Google, and Verizon,
September 14, 2020

DRAD and Law 4 Black Lives Ask DC Mayor to Get Her Priorities Straight

DC’s Mayor Muriel Bowser was angry when federal agents aggressively fired chemical agents at peaceful protesters outside the White House on June 1, to clear the way for President Trump to wave a bible in front of a church. On
September 3, 2020

Podcast Shares Stories of Protestors, Journalist Blinded by Police Projectiles 

Americans protesting the killing of George Floyd were met by militarized police using excessive force and firing rubber bullets and other projectiles into crowds of unarmed people and at journalists covering the protests. The first episode of a new podcast
July 30, 2020

Is PATRIOT Act Mass Surveillance Continuing Despite the Sunset of Section 215?

Section 215 authorizes expansive unwarranted surveillance, it’s one of the most egregious provisions of the PATRIOT Act and it feels like we’ve been fighting it forever. Finally, after many shocking revelations of abuses and too many protests, action alerts, call-in
July 29, 2020

Getting in Good Trouble With John Lewis

Like so many civil rights champions, John Lewis recognized the crucial importance of civil liberties to the struggle. Civil liberties is the right to engage in “good trouble, necessary trouble,” which is why John Lewis was part of an all-star
July 29, 2020

NYPD Cops Sue to Hide Database on Police Misconduct. Communities United for Police Reform Sues Back.

July 28, 2020, New York – Today, Communities United for Police Reform (CPR), represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights and the law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliff LLP, filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit brought by five New York City
June 26, 2020

DRAD Joins 40+ Groups to Declare Intimidation Tactics in Louisiana Won’t Silence Environmental Protesters

40+ advocacy groups express outrage over arrests of Louisiana Bucket Brigade leaders, vow to stop Formosa’s plans to poison the Black community in St. James BATON ROUGE, LA: Two leaders of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade were charged under Louisiana’s felony
May 15, 2020

Senate Votes to Extend PATRIOT Act Surveillance

Eighty Senators voted yesterday to extend three PATRIOT Act surveillance provisions with minimal safeguards to protect US persons from the prying eyes of the NSA and FBI. That final vote doesn’t tell the whole story, which stars the intense campaign
May 12, 2020

Showdown Between Privacy and Surveillance Set for Tomorrow

No matter which side of the aisle you lean toward, the evidence is clear: the FBI’s use of Section 215 surveillance authorities is highly politicized and dismissive of the basic constitutional rights of US persons. In fact, the FBI has
March 17, 2020
US Capitol

Score One for the Privacy Hawks!

Last night, privacy hawks won a decisive, if temporary, victory against the surveillance hawks who control the House and Senate (specifically, Speaker Pelosi (D-CA), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Adam Schiff (D-CA) in the House, and Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) and
November 29, 2019
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We need a Human Rights and Democracy Act for the U.S., and a PROTECT Act for American Protesters

On Wednesday, Trump signed two bills meant to support the protest movement in Hong Kong. Would that domestic protest movements got a fraction of the love Capitol Hill and the White House are showering on those in Hong Kong.
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