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Action Alert

2 Steps to Less Lethal Policing

It’s time to end racial profiling, and stop sending surplus military equipment to local police. Those are the first two steps we can and must take now.

Dissent News

Victim of McCarthy-Era Witch Hunt calls on U-Illinois not to Fire Critic of Israeli Policies

September 1st, 2014

Chandler Davis, who refused to testify before HUAC and was fired from the University of Michigan writes to the Chancellor of the University of Illinois, “I write from a rich experience of attacks on academic freedom; I have seen the damage that enforcing conformity can do to intellectual life.”

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Activists Sound Alarm as More Police Departments Consider Using Drones

August 28th, 2014

Police departments in the U.S. are increasingly considering the use of drones as a law enforcement tool, even as civil rights groups and media turn up scrutiny of police militarization in the wake of brutal crackdowns on anti-brutality protesters in Ferguson, Missouri and other cities.

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The Danger of America’s Police is the Mindset, Not Military Weapons

August 28th, 2014

The Aug. 9 killing of a defenseless 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson was depressingly familiar. Nearly a hundred unarmed black people are killed by cops every year in the United States. Few stir the national conscience despite the often shady circumstances of their deaths. Police impunity is the norm, with one study finding 99.8 percent of 1,500 officers involved in killing civilians were never convicted of criminal charges.

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Hunger Strikes Are Powerful Protest

August 14th, 2014

“I refuse to participate in this criminal act,” a Guantanamo Bay nurse reportedly told his superiors

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Groups to White House: End Anti-Muslim Bias Now.

August 14th, 2014

Defending Dissent Foundation joined over 70 other civil rights and civil liberties organizations in calling on the White House to aggressively address the anti-Muslim bias that pervades federal agencies,

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Journalists & Allies Decry Censorship & Increase in Federal Government Secrecy

August 13th, 2014

Thirty-eight journalism and open government organizations sent a letter to President Obama calling on him to address what amounts to ‘censorship’, including ‘political suppression of news and information’ and ‘an attempt to control what the public is allowed to see and hear’ from federal agency employees.

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Senators, Coalition Call for Transparency on Torture, Resignation of CIA Director Brennan

August 11th, 2014

It’s time for Brennan to resign, or to be fired for lying to the public and Congress on top of everything else.

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New Whistleblower Reveals U.S. Terror Database has More Than One Million Names

August 6th, 2014

Documents leaked by a new whistleblower (!) reveal that the National Counterterrorism Center’s TIDES (Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment) database had collected information on more than one million individuals.

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