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Senate Democrats Formally Request Vote to Overrule FCC Termination of Net Neutrality

 Ars Technica reports that Senate Democrats have officially moved to initiate a vote on a Congressional Review Act resolution to overturn the FCC policy change ending net neutrality regulations. With the submission of a request to invoke the CRA, the … Read more »

Announcement: CCDBR is Holding a Team Internet-Aligned Demonstration for Net Neutrality

Although the struggle for civil liberties is never truly and permanently at an end, the emergence of the internet as a fact of 21st century existence opens up a new front in the battle for fundamental freedoms, most prominently those … Read more »

Muslim Leaders Settle Lawsuit with NYPD in Resounding Win for Equal Constitutional Protection

 The Guardian reports that last week a settlement was reached in a lawsuit against the New York Police Department in which lawyers representing New Jersey-area Muslim community leaders won significant concessions from the defendant. The suit, filed jointly by Muslim … Read more »

From the President: Say No to Torture, Oppose Gina Haspel Nomination as CIA Chief

There is urgency to this posting because Congress will return from its Spring break April 9 and the Senate Intelligence Committee is expected to schedule quickly thereafter the Haspel confirmation hearings, to be followed almost immediately by full Senate vote.… Read more »

Documents Show FBI Monitored Movements of Black Lives Matter Activists

 The Intercept reveals that the FBI has developed and implemented a practice of monitoring the physical movements of activists associated with Black Lives Matter. In addition to providing further evidence of FBI tailing nonviolent demonstrators, the piece also sheds light … Read more »

Report: Coalition of Immigrant Rights Groups Reaffirms Constitutional Protections for Locally Detained Immigrants and Backs Sanctuary Cities

A new report published by a coalition of immigrant rights organizations challenges a key immigration policing technique employed by the federal government. The document outlines the glaring legal deficiencies inherent in ICE-issued detainers and other administrative forms for requesting the … Read more »

Press: Workshopping with FOIA Experts Exposes the Secrets for Compelling Governments to Expose Theirs

Braving the third straight day of the weekend’s blizzard, attendees flocked to the completely booked training workshop hosted by the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights.

Community members of different backgrounds and experience levels from across the city … Read more »

Illinois State Government Joins Ranks of Net Neutrality Defenders Across Country

With the publication in the federal register of the FCC’s plan to scrap federal net neutrality protections, the struggle for net neutrality enters its most contentious phase:  state legislatures and attorneys general  have mounted a coordinated defense, as well as … Read more »

Chicago Journalist Jamie Kalven’s Subpoena Battle Illustrates the Danger of Indirect Attacks on Press Freedom

In The Intercept, Chicago journalist Jamie Kalven reflects on his recent court battle to protect a source of his reporting, and what it illustrates about the state of press freedoms in the United States. Last year, Kalven, whose reporting … Read more »

Prosecution Drops Case Against 129 Inauguration Day Protesters

According to a new piece from Al Jazeera, prosecutors in the case against protesters taking part in the Disrupt J20 demonstration, which took place in Washington, DC in January 2017, have dropped all charges against 129 defendants. Among the … Read more »