On March 28 at Howard University Law School, we convened a conversation about the surveillance of activists in the digital age with activists who have been targeted by law enforcement and two policy experts.
The conversation was facilitated by the Director of Howard University’s Thurgood Marshall Center, Justin Hansford.
Michelle Vendiola is an enrolled member of the Walker River Paiute Tribe of Nevada and a community organizer with the Red Line Salish Sea (Formerly the Bellingham NoDapl Coalition), an Indigenous led organizing group focused on the protection of water, land, and air in the Salish Sea region.
April Goggans is an organizer, disrupter, single mother of one, proud southeast DC resident and a Core Organizer with Black Lives Matter DC. Her organizing work focuses on community power building, affordable housing and tenants rights, direct action organizing, intra-community violence, policing and police brutality.
Rachel Levinson-Waldman serves as Senior Counsel to the Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program, and is active on issues related to policing and technology, including providing commentary on law enforcement access to social media, predictive policing, body cameras, license plate readers, and other types of surveillance technologies deployed in public, as well as the federal government’s use of surveillance technologies and information collection in the immigration context.
Nusrat Choudhury is the deputy director of the ACLU Racial Justice Program. She leads litigation and advocacy challenging police racial profiling and “debtors’ prisons” – the illegal arrest and jailing of people unable to pay money to courts.