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Defending Dissent Foundation

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Causes: Censorship, Freedom of Speech & Press, Citizen Participation, Civil Rights

Mission: We have merged with the Bill of Rights Defense Committee! Please check us out at our new profile page: http://greatnonprofits.org/org/bill-of-rights-defense-committee-defending-dissent-foundation

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.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DDF gets to the core of civil liberties issues. I've worked with them for over 40 years and their focus is consistently on the long-term protection of the Bill of Rights.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

If it weren't for the efforts of DDF I wouldn't have heard about many important citizen actions. They are doing an excellent job and deserve recognition. Thank you.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Defending Dissent Foundation's skill at networking and coalition building has made its effectiveness even greater. It has the respect and support of many organizations.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard of this group in 1984 and have been supporting them every since.

Steppen-Wolf W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is an EXCELLENT channel for defending human rights and civil liberties (human rights are civil liberties, too) in the U.S., and I highly praise them for their work in doing so, particularly because human and civil rights are under increasing attack and threat in the U.S., with less and less Americans understanding the importance of being vigilant, standing up for their preservation, standing up against their abrogation, and understanding that we must NOT sacrifice them for so-called "security". Thank you for all of your consideration.

Linda168

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Defending Dissent is on the job providing up to the minute info on the deteriorating conditions in our democracy. The passion and commitment of Sue Udry also impresses!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am glad to help Defending Dissent in any way that I can in order to ensure our Freedoms

Martine Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The need for Defending Dissent Foundation's work is more critical than ever as the President and Congress continue to take away more and more of our civil and political liberties, and haul activists in front of grand juries for no reason other than their political beliefs or associations. We're on a slippery slope sliding fast to totalitarianism and a corporate/military/intelligence police state.

Dave44

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Defending Dissent was first and fastest about getting word out about the scandalous effort to gut the legislation designed to reform of the NDAA.