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Dissent NewsWire

  • Anti-Boycott Bills Are Part of Wider Crackdown on Protest

    People protesting

    Anti-protest bills, whether they target boycotts against Israel or the mythical (and non-existent) paid rioter, are designed to silence social movements by sowing confusion and spreading fear. These pernicious bills are popping up in statehouses across the nation. To defend dissent, it is incumbent for activists to push back against these bills.

  • New Anti-Protesting Legislation: A Deeper Look

    protesters at US Capitol with signs opposing Trump and Muslim ban

    As civil and human rights advocates face the challenges of the new administration, it is imperative to not be demoralized or frightened into ceding the streets in the face of legislative attempts to curb mass protest. We must instead continue to organize and to keep a close watch on these bills as they emerge in state and federal legislatures, and to push back at every level.

  • Help End Racial and Religious Profiling

    Police Cruiser in Chicago. Chicago Police Car.

    With the introduction of the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act of 2017 in both the House and Senate, we have a chance to prohibit such profiling by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.

  • Flurry of Anti-Free Speech Bills Passes New York State Senate

    NY Gov. Cuomo Announcing Executive Order 157

    Last week the New York State Senate fast tracked three anti-free speech, anti-protest bills. These bills are now headed to the State Assembly.

  • McCarthyism in Maryland? Not on Our Watch!

    The Maryland General Assembly is considering a bill that will create a blacklist of human rights activists.