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September 8, 2020

The DOJ Is Spying On Puerto Rican Student Protesters

In April of 2017, students at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) were on strike to protest austerity policies being pursued by the Puerto Rican government to pay their bondholders. On April 27, 2017, the Board of Directors of the
January 15, 2019

Defending Rights & Dissent Raises Troubling Issues with William Barr’s Views on War Powers

One particularly troubling aspect of Barr's views that have flown under the radar is his disturbing views about presidential war powers. On three separate occasions--Panama, Iraq, and Somalia--Barr advised then-President George H.W. Bush who use military force without congressional approval.
December 14, 2018

Invoking War Powers Act for First Time, Senate Moves to End Illegal US War in Yemen

Yesterday, the Senate voted to end the US’s illegal, unauthorized military participation in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. This is historic. Never has either chamber voted to invoke the War Powers Act. This could not have happened without grassroots pressure. I
December 6, 2018

Lame Duck Congress to Attack Right to Boycott

For two years now, we've fought to stop the unconstitutional Israel Anti-Boycott Act. And thanks to an outpouring of opposition from individuals like you, this First Amendment violating bill has been stalled. But now the bill's sponsor, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), is working behind the scenes to sneak the Israel Anti-Boycott Act into the must-pass end of the year spending bill.
December 4, 2018

Free Speech Rights Under Fire on Campus: From Marc Lamont Hill to the Department of Education

Academic freedom for supporters of Palestinian human rights is under fire.As a civil liberties organization, Defending Rights & Dissent takes no position on Palestine-Israel. However, we recognize there is a concerted, unconstitutional effort to silence supporters of Palestinian human rights. As an organization founded by victims of McCarthyism, we are obligated to speak out against such affronts to political expression and organizing
November 29, 2018

Defending Rights & Dissent Condemns Use of Tear Gas Against Refugees

Defending Rights & Dissent joins people around the world in expressing our outrage, disgust, and horror that US border agents attacked refugees, including children, with tear gas. The images of children, already refugees from violence and poverty, fleeing from tear gas is gut wrenching.
November 28, 2018

Historic Vote in Senate on Yemen War Powers Resolution

Moments ago the United States Senate voted to discharge the bipartisan Yemen War Powers Resolution. This mean the Senate will debate and vote on the ongoing illegal, unconstitutional military action in Yemen.  The resolution brought by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) is an important step for Congress to reclaim its constitutional war powers While today was only a procedural vote, it is historic in nature.