Category Civil Liberties

DN!: “Financial Censorship Is Still Censorship”: Edward Snowden Slams Justice Dept. Lawsuit Against Him

“The White House is trying “to make the conversation not about the allegations,” …“They want to talk about the whistleblower rather than the government’s own wrongdoing.”

Ella’s Song: We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest, Sweet Honey and the Rock

We who believe in freedom still cannot rest. “Ella’s Song” is still our song. We who believe in freedom still cannot rest. But we who are disgusted, enraged, exhausted might need a moment of comfort today. We might need a mantra for our march, a credo for our confrontations, a song for our solace. And because others […]

Dissent Is Being Criminalized Right Under Our Noses, by Michael Siegal

Under this definition, the Boston Tea Party itself was a terrorist act: “Property damage, with the intent to influence a government policy.”

ACLU: Know Your Rights

Everyone has basic rights under the U.S. Constitution and civil rights laws. Learn more here about what your rights are, how to exercise them, and what to do when your rights are violated. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS from the ACLU BROWSE BY ISSUE: To access links for each topic, click here.   Stopped by Police Learn […]

Democracy Now! News about the Mexico/US Border: Activist Scott Warren, Water Volunteers, Honoring Remains

Eight of the 12 jurors found Scott Warren not guilty. The government will now retry Warren in November on new charges.

What Kind of Times Are These, by Adrienne Rich

“…our country moving closer to its own truth and dread…”

Chris Hedges: Police State, Fracking, Tyranny, Russiagate

The collapse of our democratic institutions began long before the arrival of Trump, who is capitalizing on the evisceration of the rule of law. TD ORIGINALSCHRIS HEDGES April/May 2019 Creeping Toward Tyranny by CHRIS HEDGES MAY 06, 2019 The collapse of our democratic institutions began long before the arrival of Trump, who is capitalizing on the evisceration […]

MLK: Beyond Vietnam, A Time to Break Silence

“Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence”
To King, the Vietnam War was only the most pressing symptom of American colonialism worldwide.

Fighting for Justice: Why Cross-Movement Collaboration Is Essential, Center for Constitutional Rights

Power dynamics to break free from to create biggest vision of humanity possible, a dynamic process, 100-year vision.

Break the Silence on Palestine, by Michelle Alexander

I cannot say for certain that King would applaud Birmingham for its zealous defense of Angela Davis’s solidarity with Palestinian people. But I do.

Rosario: A St. Paul veteran’s arrest at airport protest ends in victory at trial

“You know, the way First Amendment rights have been eroding, this jury at least believes that the government has been too restrictive with speech.”

The Second Sight of W.E.B. Du Bois, by Chris Hedges

]Racism, [Du Bois] saw, was not only endemic to capitalism and imperialism but deformed historical narratives, the stories that got told and those that did not.

BAR Book Forum: Keisha Blain’s “Set the World on Fire,” by Roberto Sirvent

“It is impossible to understand, or even fully appreciate, how black women have shaped national and global politics today without knowing the larger history.” Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor  Black Agenda Report  May 23, 2018 Keisha Blain In this series, we ask acclaimed authors to answer five questions about their book. Today’s featured author […]

Good News: Free Speech Victories! in Minnesota

Two significant free speech victories in Minnesota courts.

STUDENTS’ RIGHTS: SPEECH, WALKOUTS, AND OTHER PROTESTS | ACLU

A list of resources for students from the ACLU 

‘Enough’: Students Walk Out Nationwide to Protest Inaction on Gun Violence, Call for March 24th protests nationwide.

The walkout is part of a national student-led movement to end gun violence.

Robert Parry | The Right’s Second Amendment Lies 

Today’s American Right is drunk on some very bad history, which is as dangerous as it is false. …This gun fable is particularly insidious because it obstructs efforts by today’s government to enact commonsense gun-control laws and thus the false narrative makes possible the kinds of slaughters that erupt periodically across the United States…

Our Relationships Keep Us Alive: Let’s Prioritize Them in 2018

We can win campaigns without healing trauma, but we will lose each other in the process.

In a Major Free Speech Victory, a Federal Court Strikes Down a Law that Punishes Supporters of Israel Boycott by Glenn Greenwald

It’s hard to imagine a law that more directly violates the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech than one that seeks to deny people benefits for which everyone else is eligible due solely to the state’s disapproval of their political views and activism.

FINDING YOUR VOICE: Voice Recognition Technology and the NSA

The former government official noted that raw voice data could be stored with private companies and accessed by the NSA through secret agreements…