November 16, 2018
The Constitution of the United States of America

Statement on the Potential Prosecution of Julian Assange

The Trump Administration has demonstrated an unrestrained contempt for journalists, whistleblowers, and truth tellers. Charging an individual with publishing information--even classified information--would be an unprecedented act of aggression against press freedom. Defending Rights & Dissent has long opposed the use of the Espionage Act against whistleblowers or journalists and called for it to be amended or repealed.
November 6, 2018
The Constitution of the United States of America

The 14th Amendment is Working Hard to Protect Your Rights

Much like Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey or oatmeal raisin cookies, the constitution's 14th Amendment is remarkably underrated.
October 26, 2018

DRAD Staff Pens Washington Post Op-Ed on Why It’s Misguided to Embrace the FBI

Defending Rights & Dissent Policy & Legislative Counsel Chip Gibbons wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post on why the left cannot embrace the FBI.
October 18, 2018

Now Is The Time To End US Participation in Saudi-Led War in Yemen

This US military assistance constitutes "hostilities" under the War Powers Act. It is entirely illegal for any president--be it Trump or Obama--to engage in hostilities without Congressional authorization. And isn't just the War Powers Act, the Constitution also gives Congress the exclusive power to initiate military action.
October 17, 2018
iconic image of a sea of protesters on the National Mall for 1963 March on Washington

Over 140,000 Comments Submitted in Response to NPS’s Proposed Protest Regulations

The National Park Service is considering new regulation that would severely curtail the right to protest. Reactions to these new regulations have been overwhelming. The comment period closed on October 15. We don't yet know the total number of comments received, but so far the NPS has counted over 71,000 comments. This count is still growing. 
October 9, 2018

How to Write Strong Comments to the National Park Services Defending Our Right to Protest

If a new set regulations passes, activists will face serious hurdles in organizing protests on the National Mall or at the White House, potentially making such demonstrations a thing of the past. We need your help in defending the right to protest. The National Park Service is asking for comments on their proposed regulations and they need to hear from. You have until October 15 to submit them.
October 2, 2018

Defending Rights & Dissent Staff to Speak at Eugene Debs Centennial

One hundred years ago, a watershed moment for free speech in our country occured. The popular socialist and frequent candidate for office Eugene Debs was put on trial in Cleveland, Ohio. His crime? While he was convicted under the Espionage Act, Debs’ crime was antiwar remarks made in Canton, Ohio.
September 19, 2018
protesters at US Capitol with signs opposing Trump and Muslim ban

Anti-Protest Legislation Still Pending in Legislatures Across the Country

The fact that they were introduced is troublesome and dangerous.  It is through protest, an essential part of American life,that we are given the ability to speak out and challenge events and injustices.  That power should be protected, not infringed upon, so that it can continue to shape and influence our American polity.
September 17, 2018
The Constitution of the United States of America

It’s Constitution Day! It’s only as strong as the will of the people to demand our rights.

We at Defending Rights & Dissent believe in the tradition of popular constitutionalism, which looks to movements for defending, expanding, and enriching our democracy, for leadership in making our Constitution real. The promise of our Constitution is still powerful, but only if we seek to fulfil it.
September 13, 2018

Coalition: Reject Ban on Hiring People With Drug Convictions in Marijuana Research Facilities

Direct link: Original document name: HR 5634 MMJ Research Bill Letter to HJC.pdf , ,
September 10, 2018
People protesting

Protest works. That’s why they don’t want you to do it

Americans turn to protest because it works. Whether fighting for civil rights, women’s suffrage, or to improve workplace conditions, America’s robust tradition of free speech and dissent offers a powerful retort to the forces trying to preserve the status quo.
September 5, 2018

Trump: “It’s embarrassing for the country to allow protesters”

Do you think it’s embarrassing that our country “allows” protests? As an organization that has defended the right to protest for nearly six decades we don’t think so. And I know you don’t think so either. But Donald Trump does.
August 31, 2018

Comments on Proposed National Park Service Regulations Concerning Demonstrations

Direct link: Original document name: DRAD Comments on National Park Services Permit Regulations.pdf , ,
August 24, 2018
Reality Winner photo

Statement on Reality Winner Sentencing

Reality Winner has received the longest sentence ever given in federal court for leaking information to the media. Winner is a whistleblower and this outrageous sentence, which the prosecution has boasted is meant to send a message to would be whistleblowers, is just the latest escalation in the US government’s war on whistleblowers.
August 22, 2018

Webinar: Anti-Protest Legislation: Implications for Social Movements

Please join us to learn more about the contents of these bills, their political implications, the interest groups behind them, and how to stop them from becoming laws! A panel of experts will give an overview of all these bills, with a focus on how they are related to one another, what strategies and tools are available for challenging these bills.