21st Century COINTELPRO--FBI Surveillance Then and Now - How to Protect Ourselves

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Picture of some groups targeted by COINTELPRO in the 1960's.










Some groups targeted by the FBI's COINTELPRO. Image Credits (clockwise): War protesters | Wikicommons; Black Panther Party | Ilka Hartmann; Students for a Democratic Society | TomHayden.com; American Indian Movement | Ilka Hartmann; National Lawyers Guild | National Lawyers Guild website; and Young Lords logo | Wikicommons

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.
  • Welcome & Introductions - Alice Aguilar, Executive Director, Progressive Technology Project (PTP)
  • Experiences with COINTELPRO - Alfredo Lopez, Founder and Leadership Committee Member, May First / People Link
  • 21st Century Surveillance: What To Expect - Chris Conley, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Attorney, ACLU - Northern California
  • Defense Tools We Can Use - Jamie McClelland, Technology Director at PTP; Co-founder and Leadership Committee Member, May First / People Link
  • Q & A - moderated by Alice Aguilar
Join us for a discussion during this critical time for our movement on:
Monday, December 12th at 12pm PACIFIC / 1pm MOUNTAIN / 2pm CENTRAL / 3pm EASTERN
December 12, 2016 from  2:00 PM to  3:30 PM