Saturday, May 31, 2008

From Black Power to Green Scare: The Criminalization of Dissent in the US


FROM BLACK POWER TO GREEN SCARE:
The Criminalization of Dissent in the United States

Thursday, June 5, 2008
6:30 p.m.

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Join the Center for Constitutional Rights and the National Lawyers Guild - San Francisco Chapter for an engaging and important discussion exploring the criminalization of dissent both historically and in today's era of the so-called "war on terror."

The government has a long and sordid history of criminalizing and targeting oppressed communities and social justice activists and organizations that challenge its abuse of power - from the "Red Scare" of the 1920s, to the internment of Japanese Americans, to the targeting of the Black liberation struggle and other movements.

And today, under the guise of "anti-terrorist" legislation, the government is again attempting to target and intimidate a wide range of communities and movements, from former Black Panthers to environmental and animal rights groups to Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities.

On Thursday, June 5, hear from directly impacted communities as well as attorneys and grassroots organizers struggling against repression.

Featured speakers:

SHAYANA KADIDAL, Center for Constitutional Rights, Managing attorney of the Guantànamo Global Justice Initiative.

RICHARD BROWN, Committee for the Defense of Human Rights and one of the "San Francisco 8," former Black Panthers facing renewed charges based on torture evidence

MICHEL SHEHADEH, Palestinian activist and one of the "Los Angeles 8," Palestinian and Kenyan immigrants targeted for their political activity who won a historic victory in November 2007 after a 20-year struggle

ANDREA LINDSAY, SHAC 7 Support Committee and an activist involved in combating the "Green Scare" against environmental and animal rights activists

LAUREN ORNELAS, Food Empowerment Project and an environmental and animal rights

Location:


The Women's Building
Audre Lorde Room
3543 18th St., #8
San Francisco, CA 94110

Contact 212-614-6466 with any questions. No RSVPs are required.


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