October 28, 2015

Guide to Writing Effective Resolutions and Ordinances

About Resolutions and Ordinances Most city councils (or comparable local legislative bodies) can take action in one of two ways: by ordinance or resolution. Although this can vary community to community, typically a RESOLUTION is passed to express the opinion of the
October 28, 2015

Resolutions Toolkit for Religious Groups

Since religious communities are typically concerned with human rights issues, they are often eager to express support for, and take action to defend, civil liberties. Furthermore, many religious communities have come under attack in the wake of recent antiterrorism laws
October 28, 2015

Bridging the Gap

Passing a resolution often requires creating alliances with people and groups you might otherwise disagree with, but who share your interest in protecting and restoring Bill of Rights protections. The tips below can help you bridge the gap between unlikely
October 28, 2015

Advice from a Citizen Lobbyist

This advice was contributed by Peter Chabarek for anyone working with their state legistlators. Guidelines, Rules of Thumb, and Suggestions for Lobbying in the Oregon Legislature I have been asked to come to the BORDC statewide meeting February 6 to
October 28, 2015

State Resolutions Organizing Toolkit

October 28, 2015

How to Submit a FOIA Request

You’ve been meaning to do it for years: use the Freedom of Information Act to find out which government agencies have been spying on you and which of the groups you belong to have been infiltrated. Use the resources on this page to get
October 23, 2015

Testimony to the Information, Security and Privacy Advisory Board, 2015

Direct link: https://rightsanddissent.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/BORDC-DDF-Testimony-to-ISPAB.pdf Original document name: BORDC-DDF-Testimony-to-ISPAB.pdf , ,
October 21, 2015

Executive Accountability for Torture Model Resolution

Our model resolution aims to promote executive accountability for human rights abuses, such as torture. It offers local legislative bodies an opportunity to promote the rule of law by seeking executive accountability for torture, human experimentation, and other potential war crimes or human
October 15, 2015

Local Civil Rights Restoration Act

The Local Civil Rights Restoration Act (LCRRA) is a model piece of legislation a local city council can adopt. The LCRRA protects the fundamental rights and liberties of law-abiding Americans to be free of arbitrary monitoring, surveillance, detention, search, or arrest by
September 30, 2015

Body Worn Cameras SF Police Policy Testimony

Body Worn Cameras SF Police Policy Testimony by Defending Rights & Dissent on Scribd Direct link: https://www.scribd.com/document/283261359/Body-Worn-Cameras-SF-Police-Policy-Testimony Original document name: 283261359-Body-Worn-Cameras-SF-Police-Policy-Testimony.pdf , , xxx [scribd id=283261359 key=key-KP3GnLZA7fxXOr5KxVv6 mode=scroll] xxx
September 30, 2015

Bill of Rights Defense Committee and Defending Dissent Foundation Testimony RE BWC

Direct link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_3GXBIfLVB8Vjg4T3FUbnBrdnM Original document name: Bill of Rights Defense Committee and Defending Dissent Foundation Testimony RE BWC.pdf , ,
September 28, 2015

Sample Resolution

WHEREAS the Constitution of the United States is our charter of liberty and enshrines fundamental rights of Americans, including the freedoms of religion, speech, assembly, privacy and petitioning the government for a redress of grievances; AND WHEREAS each of [Location]’s
July 22, 2015

Philadelphia PD Purchase Orders + Invoices (Helmets, Shields, Spray) 2011-2015

Direct link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B03viEiWh0qWYktGZk1oaVFRT3hOOHZCM2NCWlpWcFQwSnpB Original document name: Purchase Orders + Invoices (Helmets, Shields, Spray) – Redacted.pdf , ,
June 30, 2015

NY Electronic Communciations Act: Memorandum in Support (BORDC-DDF)

Direct link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B03viEiWh0qWa3h1QTYtdm9oXzQ Original document name: NYECPA Memorandum in Support BORDC-DDF.pdf , ,