Journalist Chris Hedges to Keynote March 29, 2014 CT Conference

Chris Hedges is a former New York Times reporter, Pulitizer-Prize wining journalist, columnist for Truthdig, author of 12 books, and was a plaintiff in the historic lawsuit “Hedges vs. Obama,” a court challenge to the indefinite detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act. Hedges left the Times shortly after they issued him a formal reprimand for publicly denouncing the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Hedges is the author of the best-sellers American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America, Death of the Liberal Class, and War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. He co-authored with Laila Al-Arian, Collateral Damage:  America’s War Against Iraqi Civilians.  His most recent book is Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, a collaboration with comics artist and journalist Joe Sacco, is a brutally honest account of their travels through America’s “sacrifice zones” — areas of the country that have suffered and decayed as a result of exploitation in the name of profit and corporate power. Hedges is currently a senior fellow at the Nation Institute, and has taught at Columbia University, New York University, and Princeton University. He received his B.A. in English Literature from Colgate University and a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University.

New Speakers for March 29, 2014 Conference

Speakers List in Formation

 

Robert King, One of the Angola Three.  Robert King is one of the most famous former political prisoners in the world.  He served 29 years in solitary confinement before his conviction was overturned and was one of a group of three African-American activists victimized for their political activism as members of the Black Panther Party.  King has spoken before the parliaments of the Netherlands, France, Portugal, and Indonesia and met with Desmond Tutu.

 

Hina Shamsi, Director of the American Civil Liberties National Security Project.  The National Security Project is dedicated to ensuring that U.S. national security policies and practices are consistent with the Constitution, civil liberties, and human rights. Shamsi has litigated cases upholding the freedoms of speech and association, and challenging targeted killing, torture, unlawful detention, and post-9/11 discrimination against racial and religious minorities. She is also a lecturer-in-law at Columbia Law School, where she teaches a course in international human rights.

 

Saru Jayaraman, Author of Behind the Kitchen Door.  Saru Jayaraman launched the national restaurant workers’ organization Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and documented the undemocratic labor practices of the food industry, the discrimination that plagues immigrant workers and people of color, and the relationship of food sovereignty to the full democracy that we have not yet achieved.

 

Dawud Walid, Executive Director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI).  CAIR-MI is a chapter of America’s largest advocacy and civil liberties organization for Muslims based in the hotspot of Detroit, a city at the epicenter of the attacks on democratic rule.  He has been prominent in the fight against Islamophobia, racial profiling, and border stops.  Walid has appeared on Democracy Now and is a political blogger for the Detroit News.

 

Salvatore Sarmiento, Casa Maryland, National Day Laborer Organizing Network.  NDLON has been central to the fight to stop the punitive deportation of over 350,000 persons last year.  In a recent press release NDLON said, “The five years of criminalization the President has overseen blankets immigrant communities with suspicion and causes people to live in fear. Until the historic mistake of entwining local police with immigration enforcement is corrected, the country will face a crisis of safety in our communities, confidence in the President, and separation in our families.”

 

Professor Khalilah Brown-Dean, Author of Once Convicted, Forever Doomed: Race, Crime, and Civil Death (forthcoming, Yale University Press).  Dean is an associate professor of political science at Quinnipiac University and a powerful critic of the system of mass incarceration.  She was also awarded a 2005 Social Science Research Fund grant for the project: “Fighting From a Powerless Space: The Impact of Crime Control Policies on Women.”

 

Lynne Jackson, Project SALAM and the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms.  Project SALAM and the NCPF are in the national leadership in the fight against the Orwellian practice of preemptively prosecuting Muslim-Americans who have committed no crime and the frame-up of hundreds of law-abiding Muslim-Americans as part of the so-called War on Terror.  Jackson recently led the Journey for Justice across New York state in defense of Yassin Aref, an Albany imam entrapped by the FBI whose case is described in Rounded Up: Artificial Terrorists and Muslim Entrapment After 9/11.

 

Watch for announcement of keynote speaker.

Full schedule and program under development.

Second Annual CT Civil Liberties Conference, March 29, 2014

Save the Date!

One Nation—Under Surveillance

 

A One-Day Conference about Building Networks of Solidarity

in Defiance of NSA Spying & the Erosion of Democratic Rights

Saturday, March 29, 2014 –10:00 a.m

Torp Theater, Davidson Hall, Central Connecticut State University

1615 Stanley Street, New Britain CT

 

Registration: Solidarity Price: $25; Non-CCSU Students & Underemployed: $10.

Scholarships will be available.  CCSU Students Admitted for Free.

 

Recent dueling district court decisions on the legality of NSA cell phone spying guarantee that at least some of the Orwellian practices of the federal government will come before the Supreme Court relatively soon.   This provides the perfect opportunity to build relationships of solidarity among all those victimized by NSA spying, drones, COINTELPRO-type dirty tricks against the movements for social change, and other forms of systematic suppression of privacy and democratic rights.

 

Join us on March 29, 2014 at Central Connecticut State University for the second annual state civil liberties conference sponsored by the CT Coalition to Stop Indefinite Detention, the CT American Civil Liberties Union, the CT Council on American Islamic Relations, and dozens of other activists groups.  We will explore the links between NSA spying, domestic drones, and official Islamophobia, as well as the policies of mass incarceration and mass deportation that are currently in place.

 

 

Confirmed speakers, panelists, and workshop leaders include:

 

Robert King, One of the Angola Three.  Robert King is one of the most famous former political prisoners in the world.  He served 29 years in solitary confinement before his conviction was overturned and was one of a group of three African-American activists victimized for their political activism as members of the Black Panther Party.  King has spoken before the parliaments of the Netherlands, France, Portugal, and Indonesia and met with Desmond Tutu.

 

Hina Shamsi, Director of the American Civil Liberties National Security Project.  The National Security Project is dedicated to ensuring that U.S. national security policies and practices are consistent with the Constitution, civil liberties, and human rights. Shamsi has litigated cases upholding the freedoms of speech and association, and challenging targeted killing, torture, unlawful detention, and post-9/11 discrimination against racial and religious minorities. She is also a lecturer-in-law at Columbia Law School, where she teaches a course in international human rights.

 

Saru Jayaraman, Author of Behind the Kitchen Door.  Saru Jayaraman launched the national restaurant workers’ organization Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and documented the undemocratic labor practices of the food industry, the discrimination that plagues immigrant workers and people of color, and the relationship of food sovereignty to the full democracy that we have not yet achieved.

 

Dawud Walid, Executive Director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI).  CAIR-MI is a chapter of America’s largest advocacy and civil liberties organization for Muslims based in the hotspot of Detroit, a city at the epicenter of the attacks on democratic rule.  He has been prominent in the fight against Islamophobia, racial profiling, and border stops.  Walid has appeared on Democracy Now and is a political blogger for the Detroit News.

 

Salvatore Sarmiento, Casa Maryland, National Day Laborer Organizing Network.  NDLON has been central to the fight to stop the punitive deportation of over 350,000 persons last year.  In a recent press release NDLON said, “The five years of criminalization the President has overseen blankets immigrant communities with suspicion and causes people to live in fear. Until the historic mistake of entwining local police with immigration enforcement is corrected, the country will face a crisis of safety in our communities, confidence in the President, and separation in our families.”

 

Professor Khalilah Brown-Dean, Author of Once Convicted, Forever Doomed: Race, Crime, and Civil Death (forthcoming, Yale University Press).  Dean is an associate professor of political science at Quinnipiac University and a powerful critic of the system of mass incarceration.  She was also awarded a 2005 Social Science Research Fund grant for the project: “Fighting From a Powerless Space: The Impact of Crime Control Policies on Women.”

 

Lynne Jackson, Project SALAM and the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms.  Project SALAM and the NCPF are in the national leadership in the fight against the Orwellian practice of preemptively prosecuting Muslim-Americans who have committed no crime and the frame-up of hundreds of law-abiding Muslim-Americans as part of the so-called War on Terror.  Jackson recently led the Journey for Justice across New York state in defense of Yassin Aref, an Albany imam entrapped by the FBI whose case is described in Rounded Up: Artificial Terrorists and Muslim Entrapment After 9/11.

 

Watch for announcement of keynote speaker.

Full schedule and program under development.

 

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What You Can Do to Make this Event a Success!

 

√ Get your organization to be listed as a sponsor & give $100 (table included).

 

√ Get your organization to be listed as an endorser & give $50(table included).

 

√ Be listed as an individual providing a scholarship for a student or underemployed attendee for $25.

 

√ Reserve a literature table for $25.

 

√ Forward publicity to your lists and friends.  Friend this event on Facebook.

 

 

 

Send checks made out to the CT Coalition to Stop Indefinite Detention, c/o Nancy Bowden, at 7 Scotland Rd., Bloomfield CT 06002, 860-212-9596 or register/donate online at ctstopindefinitedetention.com.

 

For more information, contact Isa Mujahid at imujahid@acluct.org 860-471-8473, Daniel Adam at 860-985-4576, or Mongi Dahoudi at mdhaouadi@cair.com or 860-514-8038.

 

Next Coalition Meeting: August 18, 3 p.m. Islamic Center of Berlin

Click the words below for a link to a printable flyer:

CT Coalition to Stop Indefinite Detention Meeting

How can we organize to resist government and corporate surveillance?

How can we create movements that can win social change in the face of increasing repression?

How can we show solidarity for the communities most affected by surveillance, indefinite detention, mass incarceration, and police brutality?

Meet. Discuss. Take Action.

August 18, 3 p.m.

Islamic Center of Berlin
1781 Berlin Turnpike, Berlin

The CT Coalition to Stop Indefinite Detention came together last year to organize a response to the codification in law of the government’s “right” to detain and imprison without trial or due process.  Since then we have responded to other attacks on civil liberties and repression aimed at many communities and movements for social change with educational activity, a large conference, and protests.

For more information, contact Mongi at 860-514-8038 or Chris at 860-478-5300 or visit

Call to Action Against NSA Spying

“This dragnet program is surely one of the largest surveillance efforts ever launched by a democratic government against its own citizens” –  Jameel Jaffer, ACLU deputy legal director.

Our civil liberties are under attack! We recently learned that the National Security Agency collects information about every phone call placed in the United States and has direct access to our emails and Internet activities.  We, the people, whose rights are at serious risk, must become the most important voice in this debate! Let’s show the government and the spy industry that we intend to fight by assembling in public! Let’s show the communication companies that we will not tolerate their compliance with government surveillance! Let’s show the courts that we will protest unjust treatment of whistleblowers! Let’s show the ACLU and others filing suit to challenge these programs that we will support them! Most importantly, let’s show those who are uncertain how to defend themselves that there is a vibrant movement to join and build!

Come protest these programs on July 18 at the Old State House, 800 Main Street in Hartford, beginning at 4 p.m. and to be followed by a rally in defiance of domestic spying.  We say:  NSA! Stop Spying on Us!

4 p.m. Assembly and picket at Old State House begins

5 p.m. Sidewalk March to Federal Building & other sites

6 p.m. Rally at Old State House

 

Signed,

 

American Civil Liberties Union of CT

National Lawyers Guild, Connecticut Chapter

Council on American Islamic Relations, Connecticut Chapter

CT Coalition to Stop Indefinite Detention

Activate CT

 

Endorser List in Formation:

Working Families Party

Reclaiming the Prophetic Voice

People of Faith

Unitarian Society of Hartford Advocacy Sub-Council

CT Coalition for Peace and Justice

CT United for Peace

Promoting Enduring Peace

Northeast Philly for Peace and Justice

Capitalism vs. The Climate

Digital Fourth (Belmont MA)

Queers without Borders

Colombia Action/CT

Greater Hartford Cuba Coalition

Socialist Action

International Socialist Organization

 

Please send your group’s name to nrbowden@comcast.net

 

For More Information Call:

Chris at 860 478 5300

Save the Date: July 18 picket and rally beginning at the Old State House at 4pm to say NSA! NO Spying on Us!

July 6, 2013:  Join us at Riverfest to table, distribute educational materials on the real impact of NSA spying, and build a June 18 protest.

July 8 & 15:  Join us at the Hartford Monday Night Jazz Concerts to table, to distribute educational materials on the real impact of NSA spying, and build a June 18 protest.

July 18:  Broadly sponsored picket and rally beginning at the Old State House at 4pm to say NSA! NO Spying on Us!

Medea Benjamin Speaking in Hartford and New Haven!

Details: Medea will speaking on Saturday July 13 at Real Art Ways in Hartford after the showning of Jeremy Scahill’s “Dirty Wars”. The movie will begin at 2 and the speaking program around 3:45. NOTE The speaking portion of the event is FREE. You can come to the discussion without going to the movie. BONUS Rick Rawley, the director of “Dirty Wars” will be coming to CT and will also speak at the forum. Should be exciting.

Medea will be speaking on Sunday. July 14 at 4:30 p.m. at the Center Church on the Green just opposite the New Haven Green. It’s the main “Meeting House” of the church on 250 Temple St.

Check out a recent interview with Benjamin at http://www.thestruggle.org/#PD

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