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Wednesday, March 30 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Surveillance, Race and Movement Building

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Unchecked and unwarranted government surveillance programs have a long and storied history in our country. Recently, a wave of journalists, whistleblowers and worldwide events have revealed just how invasive these practices have become. They exposed state, local and federal law enforcement agencies infringing upon our civil liberties by spying on innocent people. These programs have collected our telephone metadata in bulk, deployed stingray devices with no oversight, intercepted phone calls and emails, monitored political protests and mosques and employed other invasive practices and programs. In response, people around the country have organized and pushed hard for surveillance reform legislation in Washington, D.C. - the USA Freedom Act, which offers modest protections, was signed into law in 2015. Organizing around these legislative vehicles has made it clear that communities of color are often left out of the discussion, despite being disproportionately targeted by surveillance programs. Join us for a conversation about the need to center race and racism in the movement for surveillance reform. We will move beyond USA Freedom, and grapple with the challenge of creating a strong and diverse surveillance coalition that can change the political climate in Washington and achieve real surveillance reform.

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Shahid Buttar

Director of Grassroots Advocacy, EFF
Shahid is a constitutional lawyer focused on the intersection of community organizing and policy reform. He led the Bill of Rights Defense Committee as Executive Director from 2009 to 2015, and graduated from Stanford Law School in 2003. Outside of work, he DJs and produces electronic music, kicks rhymes, writes poetry & prose, and speaks truth to power on Truthout.

Brandi Collins

Media Justice Director, ColorofChange
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Malkia Cyril

Executive Director, Center for Media Justice
Malkia A. Cyril is founder and Executive Director of the Center for Media Justice (CMJ) and co-founder of the Media Action Grassroots Network, a national network of community-based organizations working to ensure racial and economic justice in a digital age. A prolific writer and public speaker, Cyril's articles and quotes-- on issues from Net Neutrality and surveillance to the communication rights of prisoners and new strategic communications... Read More →

Wednesday March 30, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
The Lab

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