The Brennan Center for Justice presents:
A conversation with author Betty Medsger and John and Bonnie Raines
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. Registration and Reception
6:30 p.m. Program
Lipton Hall, NYU School of Law
108 West Third Street (between MacDougal St. and Sullivan St.)
New York, NY 10012
In her new book, The Burglary, Betty Medsger tells the story of the 1971 break-in at the Media, Pennsylvania FBI office by a group of courageous activists—including John and Bonnie Raines—which confirmed what some had long suspected: that J. Edgar Hoover was intentionally using the FBI's broad investigative mandate to suppress dissent, in violation of the U.S. Constitution. She re-creates in resonant detail how this unlikely band of ordinary Americans risked everything to challenge the most powerful man in America—and won.
Join the Brennan Center for Justice for a candid and engaging conversation about the destructive power of excessive government secrecy and the potential power of non-violent resistance. We will also be screening a sneak preview of 1971, a poignant exposé by Johanna Hamilton that is premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival; Hamilton's film tells this story and begs the question: who’s watching the watchmen?
CLICK HERE to RSVP. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Brennan Center Events Coordinator, Jafreen Uddin, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 646.292.8345.