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Bill of Rights Defense Committee & Defending Dissent Foundation

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Causes: Censorship, Freedom of Speech & Press, Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, International, National Security

Mission: The Bill of Rights Defense Committee/Defending Dissent Foundation defends the rights and liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution by converting concern and outrage into powerful political action. BORDC/DDF strengthens participatory democracy by exercising our right to political dissent and helps build a society in which everyone is able to fully exercise their constitutional rights.

Results: BORDC/DDF has coordinated grassroots campaigns from coast-to-coast that have resulted national legislation to reform US intelligence agencies, prohibit spying on political activists, improve government transparency; and locally, to pass local ordinances to improve transparency and hold local police accountable, and, helped over that over 430 city & municipal governments representing millions of Americans pass resolutions opposing the USA PATRIOT Act.

Target demographics: Protect individual rights and liberties and to strengthen our Democracy.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Pass civil liberties restoration provisions to prohibit police profiling in 2 cities in North Carolina.

Geographic areas served: Across the country building the movement to fulfill the promise of the U.S. Constitution

Programs: Providing leadership, resources and technical support to grassroots coalitions and their independent advocacy for policies and practices protecting all of our civil liberties.

Community Stories

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Charlotte42

Advisor

Rating: 5

Please, we desperately need the voice of BORDC! They need all our support.

Donor

Rating: 5

We live in an age when the Lam Stream Media, controlled by the corporations of the 1% and serving as it's propaganda arm, fail miserably to cover events critical to the nations populace. The Bill of Rights Defense Committee/Defending Dissent Foundation is hard at work, publishing the truth behind much of this Propaganda. In a nation where the rich have massive wealth and greed drives their attempt to appropriate more from the poor, whether it be liberty, wealth, privacy or freedom, the BORDC/DDF serves as a scout for Activist who are valiantly progressing the struggle to right these despicable wrongs.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Great source of information not generally available.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Performs a valuable service in collecting and presenting news items concerning civil liberties-related issues.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Khalil Abu Rayyan's story is exactly why we need agencies like the Bill OF Rights Defense Committee. The FBI entrapped a lonely man, using his need for love to manipulate him into doing and saying things he never would have said otherwise. The FBI should be sued for this. This is not the first such story I have heard about the outrageous behavior of undercover agents. I myself am being tortured and controlled by undercover agents. They hurt me, and they violate my rights every single day of my life. When I protest, they (the police, medical staff, psychiatrists, my family and my husband) falsely accuse me of being mentally ill. All of this they do, AFTER they have ridiculed me, threatened me, tortured me, hit me, propositioned me for sex, used me for child pornography, stolen my money my ideas and my documents, and in general treated me like dirt.

At the end of the article about Khalil is this: "In California, alleged eco-terrorist Eric McDavid was released last year after his lawyers discovered the government withheld documents, including love letters, which showed the FBI had manipulated him through an informant known as “Anna.”" Author Trevor Aaronson✉trevor@​trevoraaronson.com

We need agencies like the BORD to keep us informed so that we can protect ourselves from the criminal behavior of the police.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I try to keep up on issues with the erosion of Constitutional Rights, and the BORDC Digest is the one e-mail I open and read daily. They do the deep reputable research and FOIA requests that are needed for long-form journalism and also post links to Court cases or articles about current disclosures about abuse of govt. power.

Martine Z.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BORDC/Defending Dissent Foundation's work is so important to citizen activists taking part in movements for change (environmental, social * economic justice). Powerful forces are at work, constantly attempting to criminalize dissent and equate activism with "threats" to national security. BORDC/DDF provide valuable information to activists on this front, and help guide citizen advocacy to ensure our rights, especially 1st, 4th amendment protected rights are not eroded.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Re: Bill of Rights Defense Committee/Defending Dissent Foundation.
This splendid group is aware and quick to see threats which could endanger our form of government and further erode our most essential rights. As the public editor of The New York Times, Margaret Sullivan, noted: This administration is opaque.
That means great effort must be made to acquire information to which the public is entitled including government activities that should not be kept secret. Yes, we were promised "transparency, but what we got was opacity.
Bill of Rights Defense Committee/Defending Dissent Foundation are vital sources of information, especially now.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Doing cutting edge and courageous work that many others are unwilling to take on!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My interactions with Sue Udry and the staff of BORDC/DDF have always been positive, intelligent, and inspiring. These people work hard, really hard, and working with them is a pleasure. They exude dedication, passion, and a fighting spirit. The work they do really matters, to all of us, and I am extremely grateful to them for doing it.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BORDC is an essential source for those of us who believe that civil rights are an essential element of a democacy. Without the continual flow of information about the state of affairs in regards to protection of free speech, free association, and so forth, we, as a society, would be in a much less informed and weaker position

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked with BORDC for years and trust their research and help with their actions. Indispensable!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BORDC works diligently to help grassroots organizers around the country mobilize to protect their civil liberties. They are well worth supporting.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BORDC puts out a great news digest. I always read it to know what is going on over a wide variety of issues. The leaders of BORDC are also very easy to work with and are always knowledgeable and informed about legislation and other threats to the Bill of Rights.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BORDC is a "hands-on" group that helps local communities craft policies to protect our civil liberties. They do an amazingly effective job with very little staff, and know how to organize folks to take leadership. I also appreciate how diverse both the staff and their supporters are.
Kudos to BORDC.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a daily comprehensive compilation of news that is otherwise (mostly) buried. A very important service is being provided!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that works to keep the Government honest. We need this more than ever!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BORDC helps to keep the government of this country honest. Without it, the United States could easily become a facist state and that would be unbearable for all of us!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BORDC is perhaps the most reliable source of news and activism in protecting American Constitutional Rights. In today's hi-tech world and social media, we're all flooded with pitches and other environmental clutter. There is not enough time in the day to read or become involved with every good cause. One has to narrow one's focus to the best of the best. BORDC is the best of the best!

Steve Hohensee

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These folks are doing righteous work! If there's ANY HOPE AT ALL for "The Children of the Future", we ordinary mortals of today must STAND UP against what has become "the powers that be". Unless WE THE PEOPLE vigilantly -- even jealously -- guard against the erosion of our Constitutional RIGHTS, we stand the very real risk of LOSING our own Democracy!!! HANG IN THERE, CITIZENS -- it's WORTH DOING whatever you have to do, so that our great DEMOCRACY -- "OF, by, and FOR the PEOPLE" -- as they say: SHALL NOT PERISH FROM THE EARTH...

-gs [G.S. Khalsa: kulsayogi@gmail.com; 510-575-6695]