In the aftermath of a shooting last weekend of an unarmed Latino man in Anaheim, Calif., Rights Working Group Deputy Director Jumana Musa spoke at length on Al Jazeera English’s Inside Story about the criminalization of communities of color, racial profiling and the lack of transparency and accountability of law enforcement agencies throughout the United States.
RWG staff and members speak about the growing connections between surveillance, national security, immigration enforcement, privacy, and civil liberties in this new video from 20KFilms, created for the American Library Association Office of Intellectual Freedom (ALA-OIF) Privacy Revolution campaign and Choose Privacy Week in May 2012. The ALA explains: “The featured speakers ask important questions about the impact of the growing surveillance state on national security, civil liberties and privacy rights.
“Arizona is a microcosm of what’s happening around the country in terms of violations of civil and human rights, racial profiling.” Taking us to the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona, “Checkpoint Nation?
RWG member, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) has released a new video about FBI rights abuses.
They also launched an online petition calling for Congress to reject the proposed extension of the FBI director's term and to finally conduct long overdue oversight. The petition follows a similar letter signed by nearly 40 diverse organizations that was sent to Congress only July 12, 2011.
Watch Michelle Alexander, professor and former director of the ACLU's Racial Justice Project, discuss the serious consequences of racial profiling in the War on Drugs and the skyrocketting prison population. Use this video to start a Conversation on Racial Profiling in your community!
from the ACLU:
The American Civil Liberties Union today released a video of nationally acclaimed comedian Elon James White using humor to convey how best to respond when stopped by police, and to drive home the rights that all Americans have during any encounter with law enforcement officers.
The Freedom From Fear Award is a new national award that will honor fifteen ordinary people who have committed extraordinary acts of courage on behalf of immigrants and refugees—individuals who have taken a risk, set an example, and inspired others to awareness or action. The award seeks to honor unsung heroes who are not professional advocates. Based on nominations from people like you, awardees will receive a $5,000 cash award.
ICE is increasingly relying on local law enforcement agencies to provide them with information on who they have taken into custody, regardless of the reason for the stop, arrest, and outcome of the person's case. With this information, ICE issue immigration detainers to hold people who are deportable and already in state or local jails. An immigration detainer is a formal request from ICE to the local law enforcement agency to hold on to the individual for 48 hours while ICE makes arrangement to take over custody and investigates whether or not to deport the individual.
Dr. Keesee, Division Chief of Research of Denver Police Department, and Co-Founder and Executive Director of Operations for the Consortium for Police Leadership in Equity talks about the importance of engaging police departments in conversations about race at a Capital Hill briefing, "Faces of Racial Profiling: Voices from Communities Across America."