Resisting Surveillance: Countering Counterintelligence Creatively

10 Putnam St, Roxbury 02119


Arun Kundnani, Writer and Lecturer, New York University
Kade Crockford, Director of Technology for Liberty Program, ACLU of Massachusetts
Mari Gashaw, Activist, Black Lives Matter-Cambridge 
Terry Marshall, Strategy Architect, Intelligent Mischief

Co-Sponsored By:
ACLU of Massachusetts
Black Lives Matter Cambridge
Boston Workmen’s Circle
Intelligent Mischief
Jewish Voice for Peace Boston
Muslim Justice League

Policing and monitoring of racial and religious “outgroups" by law enforcement has been a government practice for many decades. Programs to control dissent and undermine organizing assume new names and deploy new tactics, but many consequences remain the same: criminalization of black and brown bodies, with communities weakened by mistrust.

A new generation of organizers, technologists, and artists are developing creative means to resist surveillance and strengthen communities. From social media to the streets, their efforts imaginatively expose government profiling, from the so-called “Countering Violent Extremism” (CVE) initiative to law enforcement monitoring of Black Lives Matter activists.

This event will examine how current surveillance efforts, like CVE, share tactics and goals with COINTELPRO and other programs targeting minority communities. A keynote by Arun Kundnani, author of The Muslims are Coming! Islamophobia, Extremism and the Domestic War on Terror, will give background on the "CVE" campaign, followed by a discussion with vibrant changemakers about historic and current resistance tactics. Come engage with a panel of inspiring leaders as we practice creative resistance and organize across our diverse local communities.