Video: Sue Udry (Defending Dissent Foundation) speaks at Defending Dissent forum

(Part I)

(Part II)

Ms. Udry led off by discussing examples of environmental dissent chilled or disproportionately punished by laws, law enforcement, and the judicial system.  She went on to note that law enforcement agencies have also taken it on themselves to infiltrate and surveil all kinds of legitimate activism.  Examples include the so-called “Fusion Centers” where federal, state, and local law enforcement work together on allegedly “terrorism”-related, but often simply activism-related casework, ICE (Immigration Customs Enforcement) maintaining a watch on peace activism(!),  the DHS “Institute of Terrorism Research” monitoring right- and left-wing “extremism,” and the FBI engaging in entrapment operations against Muslim-Americans, Occupy activists, and political protesters.  “It’s not the FBI’s role to take lost people and turn them into terrorists.”

Selected relevant links:

Slideshow – click image to follow presentation:

Sue Udry is the executive director of the Defending Dissent Foundation, a national organization dedicated to protecting the right to protest, organize, and speak out. Over a quarter of a century working for peace and social justice has taught Sue that the right to dissent is crucial to expanding democracy, promoting justice, and enlarging the global human rights perspective. Sue is on the board of the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms and the National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy. She is treasurer of the DC chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, and an advisor to the Charity and Security Network.

For more about the forum and links to videos of other speakers, visit Activists survey challenges to dissent at Wheaton forum, propose Rapid Response Network.

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