BK/NY – Saturday, May 21st – The Hydra We Face (CLDC Benefit)
WHAT: Civil Liberties Defense Center Fundraiser
WHEN: 7:00-11:00pm, Saturday, May 21 2016
WHERE: Brooklyn Commons – 388 Atlantic Avenue (Between Bond and Hoyt Streets)
Come hear from friends fighting the repression of eco, animal liberation & and social justice activists in the Pacific Northwest, Buffalo and in America’s prisons. We will also hear what people are doing to fight back against this via the Freedom of Information Act, proactive lawsuits and more.
•Lauren Regan, Executive Director, Civil Liberties Defense Center (Eugene, OR).
•Leslie James Pickering, owner, Burning Books (Buffalo, NY), press officer, Earth Liberation Front Press office.
•Rachel Meeropol, Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights.
The Commons has a wonderful cafe and bar which features organic/fair trade coffee, beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks, dessert and more. Please come on an empty stomach and support the Commons!
This event takes place during the Left Forum which is happening at John Jay College 5.20-5.22
Lauren will provide case examples, tips, and traps regarding government and corporate surveillance of climate activists and frontline communities, their campaigns, and their lawyers, and why everyone needs to take security issues seriously to be a serious activist, advocate or attorney.
Rachel will discuss her legal challenges to the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, which allows for the prosecution of non-violent property damage as a federal crime of terrorism, as well as the suppression of dissent within the federal bureau of prisons, where animal rights and environmental activists are singled out post-conviction, along with other unpopular prisoners, for heightened restrictions and surveillance.
Leslie James Pickering highlights two decades of activism through secret files pried loose from the FBI. From living under federal surveillance to being targeted by informants to supporting underground liberation movements, this presentation offers a rare glimpse into maintaining the struggle in spite of repression.
Hoyt-Schermerhorn: A, C and G
Bergen Street: F
Atlantic Ave – Barclay Center: B, M, Q, R, 2, 3, 4 and 5,
Flatbush Avenue: LIRR
B63 and B65