Defending Dissent Foundation

Rating: 5 stars   40 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights

Location: 6930 Carroll Ave Suite 419 Takoma Park MD 20912 USA

Mission: 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.
Results: 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.
Programs: 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  

Been a supporter since their NCARL days (National Committee Against Repressive Legislation), helping to stop S.1 (predecessor to the Patriot Act).

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Defending Dissent is a great national organization that also makes great use of its local connections in the DC area to mobilize support for civil liberties, national security, and dissent generally. I'm with a local group, Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition; we're very fortunate to get to work with Sue Udry and DDF frequently on local and national civil liberties issues, and benefit from their expertise, enthusiasm, and support.

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...get it more funding!! :)

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Defending Dissent has for decades fought to protect our political and civil liberties and to defend unpopular people and causes in the name of justice and democratic rights. It deserves continuing support.
Clay Steinman

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Defending Dissent is vital to the continued protection of American civil liberties and universal human rights.

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This organization is very informative in terms of helping my understand that my civil liberties in America are under attack.

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We must defend dissenters, as they alone have the courage that others lack to speak out against the wrong-doings committed by the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of our government and against our war-mongering, inhumane, profiteering, unjust, lawless, short-sighted policies.

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Defending Dissent keeps me informed and active on issues of civil liberties in the USA and human rights.

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It's comforting to know that there is an organization that is still willing to speak out against the dangers to our democracy posed by government actions. It's frightening that some other organizations (including some of the previously most progressive) are now afraid to defend some of our basic human rights.

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Defending Dissent fills a role that very few other organizations do, by standing up for American's liberties.

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Defending Dissent Foundation have a focused eye on probably the most crucial issue in the "war on terror" -- the right and ability of the American people to let their government, their fellow citizens, and the world know what the government gets seriously out-of-line. Without visible dissent, liberty is a goner. Harvey A. Silverglate, Cambridge, MA: Lawyer and author.

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