In the 1960s, the government sponsored a massive surveillance, infiltration and disruption program called COINTELPRO (Counter Intelligence Program). It destroyed movements, relationships, and activists' lives. It destroyed the trust and hopefulness needed to build and sustain a movement. It destroyed the movement for justice in this country.
We haven't seen anything like it since then.
Some of us think we're about to. But this time, we have ways of fending it off and protecting ourselves and we can start with our communications.
We'll talk about what COINTELPRO was, what we're facing now, and what you can do to protect yourself, your data, and your on-line access.