Read Suraj Sazawal’s disturbing report on latest trends in predictive policing: “The ability to anticipate or predict crime represents a disturbing paradigm shift in law enforcement. Not only do the computer models infringe on civil liberties with little accountability, especially when the companies that create them keep their methods secret, but it also perpetuates racial profiling.”
The US government’s relatively new Countering Violent Extremism program, relies on debunked theories, forces neighbors to spy on their neighbors, and interferes with the ability of Americans to exercise their constitutional rights.
A diverse coalition of over 45 civil rights, immigrant rights, interfaith, and humanitarian organizations urged the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Secretary Jeh Johnson, to use his authority under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act (“VWP Act”) to remove the dual nationality prohibitions and legitimate travel bans.
FBI’s “Don’t Be a Puppet” Website Illustrates Why the Countering Violent Extremism Program is Such a Problem. Example 1: The Goat.
The FBI’s new interactive, “Don’t Be A Puppet” website is a hodge-podge of pop-psychology, jumbled history, and off-kilter social analysis that teaches kids to beware of people passionate about politics or religion, or who just might be going through teen angst.
BORDC/DDF is proud to honor Shannon Erwin with our Patriot Award and to spotlight the Muslim Justice League of Boston, Massachusetts, helping to protect the civil rights of Muslims at a time when they are increasingly in jeopardy. Shannon is the executive director and one of the four Muslim women co-founders of MJL. “Our long-term hope,” Shannon says, “is to live in a world without suspect communities.”
Today the nation celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King. While he is now a national hero with a federal holiday, throughout his life he was hounded by the very same government, especially Hoover’s FBI, as they desperately tried to crush the civil rights movement.
The New York City Police Department has a long history of spying on people because of their ethnicity, religion or political beliefs, but in a landmark settlement announced today, the NYPD has agreed to reforms designed to protect New Yorkers from discriminatory and unjustified surveillance.
Bay area organizers will convene on Sunday, January 10 to discuss plans for 2016. All are welcome to the community meeting and vegan potluck, to be held at the historic Berkeley Fellowship Hall.