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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.

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Kit G.


Rating: 5

Defending Dissent Foundation is engaging activists to respond to critical civil liberties of the day. Further it connects the proud history of the organization and of dissent to people today.

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Rating: 5

Defending Dissent Foundation brings 50 years of supporting the right of political dissent to the present day. It recognizes both that we are informed by our history, and that the right of dissent will never be popular with any government in the present day, no matter how friendly we might think they are. DDF is a small but lithe organization.