Conf. Call: "Using Local Government to Fight Dangerous Federal Programs: Two Case Studies"

Thu, 2011-11-03 (All day)

RWG Membership Call with the Asian Law Caucus and Bill of Rights Defense Committee
November 3, 2011
3:00 pm EST / 12:00 pm PST

"Using Local Government to Fight Dangerous Federal Programs: Two Case Studies"

ICE authorizes local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration laws increasing the number of people who are racially profiled. Communities fight back.

FBI forms Joint Terrorism Task Force with local law enforcement agencies. Communities fight back.

DHS trains local law enforcement to monitor residents and to collect information on community members, encouraging racial profiling. Communities fight back.

See a trend? Learn strategies to fight back in your community.

Campaigns to combat Secure Communities and 287(g) have grown throughout the country. RWG members, the Asian Law Caucus and the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC), have worked tirelessly with local communities to fight ICE and FBI collaboration with local law enforcement.

Join us for a conference call on Nov. 3, ten years after the authorization of the PATRIOT Act. Speakers will reflect on the community impact of the PATRIOT Act and other federal programs and policies, highlight a couple successful campaigns to challenge FBI and ICE collaboration with local law enforcement, and share their tools and strategies to help you fight back.

Join RWG, Asian Law Caucus, and BORDC to learn and discuss:

  1. how the Coalition for a Safe San Francisco has engaged impacted community members, local organizations, and the local Human Rights Commission to implement a legal and organizing strategy to fight local law enforcement surveillance and
  2. how BORDC brought together local organizations in Hartford to pass a local ordinance to stop collaboration between local law enforcement, ICE, and the FBI.


  • Veena Dubal, Asian Law Caucus
  • Luis Cotto, Hartford, CT
  • Sian ÓFaoláin, Rights Working Group (Moderator)

RSVP HERE to receive conference call information.

This conference call is a prelude to the "Securing Our Rights in the Information Sharing Era: A convening on national security, surveillance, and immigration enforcement" in San Francisco, Dec. 1-2, 2011.  Learn more about the convening at and register today.  The Early Registration deadline is Oct. 31, 2011.