Defending Dissent Foundation

Rating: 5 stars   40 reviews


6930 Carroll Ave Suite 419 Takoma Park MD 20912 USA


DDF preserves and advances the right to dissent by educating the public, press, policymakers, and activists about the essential role dissent plays in a democracy. We alert local activists when civil liberties are threatened; and make sure the concerns of activists are heard in Washington.


For the past 10 years, DDF has led or participated in coalitions to try to stop the onslaught of legislation, executive orders, administrative rules and practices that have added to the arsenal of repressive tools available to the Executive branch, while reducing oversight and transparency. We have focused on the removal of restrictions on FBI agents; and the escalating rhetoric that equates radical ideas with violence and terrorism. Fear-mongering about “radicalization” has especially targeted American Muslims and progressive demonstrators, including those involved in the Occupy movement.

Target demographics:

Everyone who wants to live in a free society.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

Every year we fight to protect our democracy! 2013 highlights include protesting NSA surveillance, promoting oversight of the FBI and educating Congress and the public about the value of dissent in a democracy

Geographic areas served:

the U.S.A.


DDF is launching a new public education campaign called Dissent is Essential to promote understanding of the value of dissent in democracy, and the methods the government (particularly the FBI and local police) use to suppress dissent and marginalize progressive movements. Our advocacy work centers on rolling back the expansion of the FBI’s domestic intelligence mission and working to prevent the use of domestic intelligence authorities to chill organizing for progressive social change.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Defending Dissent's outstanding newsletter is an indispensable component of the civil liberties ongoing compendium of information and analysis. My organization, the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights ( makes regular use of these newsletters, forwards them and links them to our web site. DD's participation in various coalitions in unselfish and consistently useful in promoting our mission of defending civil liberties and especially First Amendment rights. Finally, DD has provided, including recently, very signficant material support to our work here in Chicago. Thank you, Sue Udry, and DD board for all that you are doing.

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