Topic: Civil Rights

News Roundup: Stifling Dissent

April 23, 2021
A new Florida law creates tools for authorities to prosecute and punish protesters. But the state isn't alone.

News Roundup: Racial Justice Protests, Extremism in the Military, and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Immigration Measures

April 16, 2021
The racial justice protests that swept the nation last summer following Floyd's death drew a heavy-handed response from the Trump administration — one we're still learning about today.

Records Reveal New Details About Rush of Federal Deputations for Controversial Operation Legend Program

April 15, 2021
Records obtained by American Oversight show a rush to deputize local and federal law enforcement officers for the Trump Justice Department program, bolstering the argument that it was a politically motivated rebranding of an existing initiative.

DHS Records Concerning July 2020 Meeting with Members of Portland Police Association

April 9, 2021
Records from the Department of Homeland Security in response to American Oversight's request for records from a July 16, 2020, meeting between high-ranking DHS officials (such as acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf) and members of the Portland Police Association. These records include a draft agenda, redacted attendee lists, and redacted talking points.

FOIA to DOJ Office of Legal Counsel Concerning Birthright Citizenship

April 9, 2021
FOIA request to the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel seeking communications reflecting discussions about ending birthright citizenship in the months before the 2020 election.

FOIA to DOJ for Communications Concerning Birthright Citizenship

April 9, 2021
FOIA request to the Department of Justice seeking communications reflecting discussions about ending birthright citizenship in the months before the 2020 election.

DHS Communications With White House Containing Key Terms Related to Portland, Ore., Protests

April 8, 2021
Records from the Department of Homeland Security in response to American Oversight's request for communications with White House officials about the federal response to protests of police violence in Portland, Ore. These records contain communication with key terms referencing the 2020 Portland Protests.

State Proposals to Restrict Protests

April 8, 2021
American Oversight is investigating state-level efforts aimed at curtailing protests, including bills that contain harsher punishments for crimes committed during demonstrations or provide criminal liability shields to drivers who hit protesters.

Galveston County, Texas, Records Reflecting Complaints Submitted in County Jail During 2021 Winter Storm

March 30, 2021
Records from Galveston County, Texas, in response to American Oversight’s request for complaints submitted by the people detained at the Galveston County Jail during the February 2021 crisis caused by a winter storm. These records reflect submitted complaints.

Glomar Response from DHS Regarding Directives Concerning Investigations of Antifa and Black Lives Matter

March 22, 2021
The Department of Homeland Security stated that it could not confirm or deny the existence of records responsive to American Oversight's request for directives regarding investigations of Antifa and Black Lives Matter.