Dissent NewsWire

February 23, 2022

Why Defending Rights & Dissent Is Joining the Belmarsh Tribunal

UPDATE: You may watch a recording of the Belmarsh Tribunal here. When war crimes are exposed, the government puts the truth teller in jail. The Belmarsh Tribunal, named for the notorious British prison where Julian Assange is being held, puts
February 22, 2022

Black History Month: National Security Whistleblower Edition

There have been and will be lots of op-eds this month on major historical figures from America’s Black community–civil rights icons like Dr. King, Ella Baker, former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, and many others. They challenged a society-wide system
February 17, 2022

Thirty Wisconsin Organizations Call on Gov. Evers to Veto Anti-Protest Bill

Thirty Wisconsin organizations sent a letter to Gov. Tony Evers today, asking that he veto Senate Bill 296, a bill that passed in the Senate on January 25 and aims to deter people from participating in the constitutionally protected right
February 15, 2022

DRAD joins amicus brief in Xi v. Haugen; calls on US government to stop discriminating against Asian Americans & immigrants

Amid increased concerns over the FBI’s and Justice Department’s targeting of scientists based on their Chinese descent, Defending Rights & Dissent joined with over 70 Asian American organizations, civil rights groups, science associations, and academic groups to file an amicus
February 11, 2022

Mystery CIA Program Highlights Surveillance State Run Amok, Failure of Oversight

The Central Intelligence Agency, a foreign intelligence agency that should not operate within the domestic US, has been collecting in bulk US citizens’ data. This collection has taken place without a warrant and outside any statutory regime, such as the
February 9, 2022
US Capitol Dome. Blue night sky behind.

Senators Markey & Merkley and Reps. Jayapal & Pressley Urge Federal Agencies to End Use of Clearview AI Facial Recognition Technology

Given the recent debacle over the use of face recognition technology at the IRS, now is the time to aggressively advocate for an absolute moratorium on the use of this invasive tech at all federal agencies. It’s time for Congress
February 7, 2022

Our Government Has a History of Lying Us Into War. It’s the Media’s Job to Challenge That.

Weapons of mass destruction. Bombing a Sudanese pharmaceutical plant. The Gulf of Tonkin incident. There’s plenty of good reasons for journalists to question US military claims. Most importantly, because that’s their job. In the span of a few hours one day
February 7, 2022

Police Voyeurism: Law Enforcement Can’t Stop Surveilling Protesters, Activists, and Journalists

Police and federal agents, including FBI and Customs and Border Patrol officers, are increasingly subjecting activists, protesters, and journalists to improper and sometimes illegal surveillance.  With an array of clandestine tactics and powerful technology available to law enforcement to monitor
February 1, 2022

NYC Books Through Bars to Share Banned Books with Incarcerated Readers

Every month, NYC Books Through Bars offers supporters a way to send books to incarcerated readers in prisons across the country. It’s always an intriguing collection. Last month, the group collected 450 books during their January campaign that included books
January 18, 2022

DRAD Joins Coalition in Support of COINTELPRO Full Disclosure Act

On this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Defending Rights & Dissent joined over 30 organizations and individuals to announce the formation of a wide coalition to offer critical support for HR-2998, the COINTELPRO Full Disclosure Act. The bill, introduced in
December 10, 2021

DRAD Statement on Assange Extradition Appeal Ruling

Today, on International Human Rights Day – and as the Biden Administration hosts a “Summit for Democracy” – the United Kingdom High Court has reversed an earlier judge’s decision from January 2021 and granted the United States’ extradition request for
December 8, 2021

House Rules Committee Blocks Historic Effort to Reform the Espionage Act

Last week, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) offered an amendment to the Protecting Our Democracy Act containing vital protections for national security whistleblowers. If passed Rep. Tlaib’s amendment would have made crucial reforms to the Espionage Act including  Forcing prosecutors to
December 8, 2021

DRAD Joins NCAC in Rebuking Book Censorship In Schools

Across the country, there have been organized political attacks on books in schools. These ongoing attempts to purge schools of books represent a partisan threat not only to our children’s education, but to our democracy overall. That’s why Defending Rights
December 2, 2021

Fred Hampton: We Still Need Justice

Fifty-two years ago today, the Chicago Police murdered Illinois Black Panther Chair Fred Hampton and Mark Clark. In a raid orchestrated by the FBI, Chicago Police stormed the Black Panther officer at 4:00 AM. Not only did they fire first,
November 24, 2021

From Outrage to Action: Twenty Years of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee

Twenty years ago, George W. Bush signed the PATRIOT Act into law.  And twenty years ago, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee was born. The law ripped the Fourth Amendment to shreds by expanding government surveillance powers, impaled the First
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