Tag Archives: freedom of speech

BORDC/DDF, MCCRC oppose announced anti-BDS legislation on 1st, 14th Amendment grounds, circulate open letter to MD General Assembly

The Bill of Rights Defense Committee/Defending Dissent Foundation (BORDC/DDF) and the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition sent the letter below to all members of the Maryland General Assembly yesterday. It concerns reported plans by some of those members to legislate … Continue reading

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MCCRC joins “Activism is not Terrorism” national letter urging investigation of FBI

MCCRC is among over 60 civil rights and civil liberties groups co-signing a letter to Congress expressing concern over revelations of FBI and DHS surveillance of nonviolent protest groups and movements, and calling on the House and Senate Judiciary Committees … Continue reading

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Legislative hearing — or legislator hectoring? Del. Kramer vs. Freedom2Boycott

Freedom2Boycott in Maryland has released excellent, point by point answers, by chairperson Alison Glick, to Maryland Delegate Ben Kramer’s questioning of Peace Action Montgomery’s Whit Athey at the November 18th “legislative priority hearing” in Rockville. As such, the statement serves … Continue reading

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States can boycott — but not to penalize protected rights

After the November 18th Montgomery County Legislative Priorities hearing in Rockville, one Freedom2Boycott speaker’s statement was met with a somewhat confused critique by “Seventh State” blogger David Lublin.  Responding to Thomas Nephew’s call for “efforts to explicitly guarantee that political … Continue reading

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Video: Audience Q&A at Defending Dissent forum

(Part I) (Part II) The presentations by Kit Bonson, Saqib Ali, Max Obuszewski, and Sue Udry were followed by a series of questions from the audience, among them: What will the public do when these kinds of abuses are claimed?  … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Video: Max Obuszewski (Baltimore Nonviolence Center) speaks at Defending Dissent forum

Max Obuszewski recalled how he learned in 2008 that there were Maryland State Police files on him, via discovery by the ACLU of Maryland and a pro bono legal firm: …when I got back to Baltimore there was a message … Continue reading

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Video: Saqib Ali (CAIR-MD) speaks at Defending Dissent forum

Former Maryland Assembly Delegate Saqib Ali (now government affairs director of CAIR-MD) addressed the audience about the civil liberties challenges faced by American Muslims.  He shared some of the questionable work products of the “Demographics Unit” of the NYPD’s Intelligence … Continue reading

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Video: Kit Bonson introduces Defending Dissent forum

Kit Bonson introduced the evening’s speakers Saqib Ali, Max Obuszewski, and Sue Udry, and then introduced the forum by noting that the issue of “defending dissent” is what sparked the formation of our group: The Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition … Continue reading

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Activists survey challenges to dissent at Wheaton forum, propose Rapid Response Network

If you’re one of those Americans with a belief or an opinion, you’re at risk these days. That was the take home message from an excellent panel of activists at Thursday night’s “Defending Dissent: A Public Forum” event at Wheaton … Continue reading

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