Close to 30 community members participated in the surveillance self defense teach-in on Monday May 23rd. Many thanks to community tech experts who shared their knowledge and insight on best practices in the use of technology such as cell phones and social media for communicating toward building and strengthening our culture of resistance.
Grounding itself in “Power Not Paranoia,” the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition strives to learn the most effective use of tools for organizing toward building collective power to dismantle the racist police state. At the end of the meeting community members collectively decided to continue with these living conversations and knowledge exchange with the next meeting scheduled for Monday June 27th at 6:00 PM.
Preventing Violent Extremism in School Meeting Report Back
Several community members including students and teachers participated in the meeting on Thursday May 26th to discuss and organize against the expanding surveillance and data tracking of youth and students. In January 2016 the FBI released guidelines for high school administration, teachers, counselors, and fellow students to document and report “suspicious behavior” by students. This program called “Preventing Violent Extremism in Schools” is part of a much larger system of surveillance and data collection that criminalizes innocent and creative activity, and invades privacy.
Voicing deep concerns as students, teachers, parents, and fellow community members about the potential impact and criminalization of students resulting from such programs, there was unanimous decision to have a follow up meeting on Tuesday June 14th at 6:30 PM to start building a campaign to prohibit the adoption and implementation of these guidelines in schools in Los Angeles and beyond. Stay Tuned!