A Rally Against Mass Surveillance


Join and thousands of activists for a rally against NSA surveillance this coming Saturday, October 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. Watch the video to learn more about the assault on personal communications and privacy rights.

For more information about the rally, click here.

An Uncomfortable Silence: James Comey, the FBI, and Racial Profiling

By Alissa Escarce, RWG Policy Associate

On Thursday, July 18th, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to approve the nomination of James Comey as FBI director. The nomination will now be voted on by the entire Senate. Unlike other confirmations in recent memory Comey’s has advanced smoothly, and he is almost certain to be confirmed in the coming week.

City Council Passes Major Legislation to Prohibit Discriminatory Policing


June 27, 2013 -- Despite the strenuous objections of New York City’s mayor and police commissioner, New York City Council passed two major bills last night that should strengthen and broaden protections against racial profiling and provide independent oversight of the New York Police Department.

NYPD Sued Over Discriminatory Surveillance of Muslim Communities


WASHINGTON,D.C., June 20, 2013 – The New York Police Department (NYPD), already facing a federal civil rights lawsuit  for its racially discriminatory use of stop and frisk policies, is now being challenged for another form of profiling the department engages in: discriminatory surveillance of Muslim communities.

On Tuesday, the New York Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU and CUNY’s CLEAR Project filed the suit in federal court in Brooklyn, charging the NYPD of violating religious freedom and constitutional guarantees of equal protection of the law.

Anonymous Testimony Connects NYPD Surveillance, Stop and Frisk, and Racial Profiling #changethenypd

"It all started in 2007, when I was pulled over by an unmarked NYPD car for no reason. I was arrested for a suspended license for an unpaid ticket. At the precinct, they sent a plainclothes Pakistani detective to interview me about my travels, my associations, and my religious and political beliefs.

Mapping Muslims Report Reveals Deep Social Impact of Post-9/11 NYPD Surveillance


A new report released this week, Mapping Muslims: NYPD Spying and its Impact on American Muslims ,reveals how unwarranted surveillance programs based on racial and religious profiling have impacted New York’s Muslim communities, encouraging fear and mistrust of law enforcement.

Faces of Racial Profiling: Fahd Shares DRUM's Story of Racial Profiling and Surveillance


Since 9/11, Muslims in New York City and other cities and states in the Northeast have faced a systemic pattern of surveillance by the NYPD, FBI and CIA, as documented by the Associated Press in 2011. As DRUM began organizing around and protesting discriminatory surveillance programs, an informant was sent into their organization to und

New Yorkers March against Racial Profiling and Stop & Frisk


On Father's Day, forty thousand people marched in silence down Fifth Avenue in New York City to protest the NYPD's Stop and Frisk policy, which has been shown to lead to racial profiling. 

Vanishing Liberties: The Rise of State Surveillance in the Digital Age


RWG staff and members speak about the growing connections between surveillance, national security, immigration enforcement, privacy, and civil liberties in this new video from 20KFilms, created for the American Library Association Office of Intellectual Freedom (ALA-OIF) Privacy Revolution campaign and Choose Privacy Week in May 2012. The ALA explains: “The featured speakers ask important questions about the impact of the growing surveillance state on national security, civil liberties and privacy rights.

Coalition for a Safe San Francisco Wins Ordinance to Prevent Police-FBI Abuse


On May 9th, Mayor Ed Lee of San Francisco signed into law the Safe San Francisco Civil Rights Ordinance, which governs issues of transparacy, accountability, and civil rights in collaborations between local police and the FBI, particularly through the city's Join Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). The JTTF was created in 2007 between the FBI and local police, and allowed surveillance beyond the scope of what California and San Francisco laws allow. For example, the JTTF could conduct surveillance on individuals without suspicion of criminal activity.