Jun. 11th 2013 - Tuesday
Panel and Forum on the Disappearing Civil Liberties in the United States
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
St. John's Church
2727 College AvenueBerkeley, California
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Americans' civil liberties are vanishing at an alarming rate, jeopardizing not only democracy but even the rule of law. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), signed into law by President Obama in January 2012, gives the President indefinite detention powers that threaten essential rights.
On June 11, an accomplished and energetic panel of speakers will outline the threats posed by the NDAA and as well as actions underway to challenge it. They will address critical questions such as: How can we act together to restore the rule of law? Is it too late to protect the civil liberties of future generations?
Daniel Ellsberg: America's most well-known whistleblower, Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers and changed Americans' attitudes about the Vietnam War. He is a founding board member of the Bradley Manning Support Network and the Freedom of the Press Foundation and plaintiff-litigant in the NDAA case Hedges v. Obama.
Birgitta Jonsdottir (MP Iceland – Pirate Party): Poetician, Director of the International Modern Media Institute, co-producer of the aerial weapons team WikiLeaks “Collateral Murder” video, Bradley Manning supporter, and plaintiff-litigant in the NDAA case Hedges v. Obama.
Nadia Kayyali: Legal fellow and organizer with the Bill of Rights Defense Committee. She has worked at the ACLU of Northern California, Bay Area Legal Aid, Common Ground Collective in New Orleans, and Occupylegal, where she supported Occupy activists at sites across the Bay Area.
Norman Solomon: Journalist, media critic, anti-war activist, co-founder of Rootsaction.org, author of “War Made Easy.”
Moderator: Robert Jaffe, Volunteer Attorney challenging the NDAA in the case Hedges v. Obama.
Attendees will have a unique opportunity to learn more about and reflect on the increasing government surveillance of citizens, including whistleblowers, journalists and activists. This surveillance is often conducted in the name of "security" and war powers, but is actually a blatant violation of the U.S. Constitution. The very people who are calling Americans' attention to our government’s corruption, global militarization, and extra-judicial assassinations are being targeted for surveillance.
However, the profound ongoing shift toward governmental overreach affects not just whistleblowers and journalists: it affects us all. On June 11, an interactive and co-creative discussion will highlight opportunities for direct action and real change.
Sponsors include ACLU Berkeley Chapter, Alameda County Against Drones, Aquarian Minyan, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, CodePink, San Francisco 99% Coalition. St. John’s Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, Occupy Bay AreaJewish Contingent, RootsAction.org.
A $10 contribution for Bradley Manning legal defense fund will be requested. No one turned away for lack of funds.